Application accepted for two new lines serving Wauwatosa, Wisc.

The review period began April 4 for an application to build two electric transmission lines and a new substation serving Milwaukee County, Wisc.

Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WE Energies) and American Transmission Company (ATC) were notified by letter that the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) had declared their application complete. That notification started the 180-day review period, which can be extended by an additional 180 days if circumstances warrant.

The companies are proposing two 138-kV lines, each less than two miles long, to improve the reliability of the electric system that serves an area of western Milwaukee County that includes the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

The total cost estimates for the two alternatives range from $20.7m to $22.3m, depending on the selected route and line configuration. If placed underground, as many citizens have asked for, the cost estimates for the projects would increase to $35.6m to $37.1m in 2014 dollars, the companies said.

The project has a proposed April 1, 2015 in-service date.