After years of planning, regulatory review and construction, a 58-mile transmission line has been placed in service between the Holmes Substation in Menominee County and the Old Mead Road Substation in Escanaba, Michigan. The project is designed to help address the unique needs of the electricity supply system in the area. “Putting this new transmission line into service will greatly benefit our customers throughout the region,” according to Brett French, ATC External Affairs Manager. “The project reflects ATC’s commitment to invest in strengthening the U.P.’s electric transmission system.”


A helicopter and heavy-duty air saw will be used to trim trees along two existing 138,000-volt transmission lines from Montfort to Cassville and Cassville to Platteville. American Transmission Company has contracted with Aerial Solutions, Inc. to manage vegetation growth along its transmission line corridors. The helicopters used by Aerial Solutions are equipped with heavy-duty air saws and rotary blades suspended on a 90 to 100-foot vertical boom.

American Transmission & Xcel Energy Discuss Badger Coulee Project

American Transmission Company and Xcel Energy have held a public outreach session to provide information about their 180-mile 345-kilovolt Badger Coulee Project. The pre-construction open house occurred on July 21 in Lake Delton, Wisconsin.

“Landowners who may be affected by construction and members of the public were welcome to attend the pre-construction open house,” according to Charles Gonzales, ATC Senior Local Relations Representative. “This event provided an opportunity for people to learn what to expect in terms of equipment, timing and appearance of the line.”


American Transmission Company is one of the 2016 Best
Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production, according
to the global research and consulting firm Great Place to
Work® and Fortune Magazine. ATC ranked 8th on the list,
a ranking based on employees assessments of the trust
they feel toward ATC’s leaders, the pride they take in their
jobs and the camaraderie they experience with coworkers.
The Best Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production as
a group are noted for profit sharing, giving employees a
measure of job security and low turnover.

American Transmission Company Looks North

American Transmission Company is looking north as part of its growth plan, way north, in fact all the way to Alaska. The Transmission Company is working with local utilities to create a transmission utility there similar to its operations in Wisconsin. The original formation of ATC led to construction of major power lines across the region, including projects that expanded Wisconsin’s power-line linkages with Minnesota and Illinois. ATC has been in discussions over the past two years with municipal and cooperative utilities in Alaska’s most populous region, according to Anne Spaltholz, ATC spokeswoman.

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