ATC: Pleasant Prairie-Zion project on schedule, awaiting permits – quarterly report

American Transmission Co. (ATC) on Oct. 17 filed its first quarterly progress report on its 345-kV Pleasant Prairie-Zion Energy Center Project with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) (Docket No. 137-CE-161).

ATC received a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) from the commission on May 7.

The project involves the construction of about 5.8 miles of 345-kV transmission line from Pleasant Prairie in Wisconsin to Zion Energy Center in Illinois. The project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2013, according to TransmissionHub data.

According to the report, a detailed transmission line design was completed in October and all construction walk-downs have taken place. Transmission line construction continues to be on schedule for clearing and grubbing activities to begin in early 2013.

ATC Real Estate has completed five of the 10 easements in Wisconsin and is working closely with the remaining landowners to reach a conclusion on easement negotiations.

“Substation work at Pleasant Prairie has begun. Due to the warmer temperatures and drier weather, foundations for the line termination positions were drilled and concrete was poured. Steel erection remains on schedule for early 2013 delivery and installation,” ATC said in its report.

Further, ATC said it has applied for permits with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Lake County, Ill., and is awaiting either comments and/or permit decisions from those agencies.

In addition, ATC said it is actively revising the environmental access plans (EAPs) to ensure permit conditions, proposed specific erosion control methods, and natural resource areas are clearly identified.

As of Sept. 30, gross expenditures are about $9.5m, or 30% of the authorized total of about $31.6m, according to the report. In August, ATC reported that it would make design changes to Pleasant Prairie-Zion project that will result in a total cost increase of $404,400, or 1.28% of the authorized amount of about $31.6m.