Open house on proposed electrical transmission lines well attended

An open house informational meeting on a proposed 138-kilovolt electrical transmission line from southern Walworth County to western Kenosha County drew a sizable crowd Wednesday afternoon.

About 160 people had attended the meeting, held at Christ Lutheran Church in Paddock Lake, in a little under its first three hours, said Mary Carpenter, local relations representative for American Transmission Co., which is proposing building the line.

The project will connect an existing substation in Bristol on 98th Street with a substation in southern Walworth County. The project also seeks to build a new substation in the Twin Lakes area. According to ATC:

Studies indicate that the estimated $80.6 million project would deliver benefits to the area by strengthening the electric transmission system to meet the growing use of electricity. The electric transmission system is vulnerable to low voltages and power outages and will no longer adequately support the lower-voltage distribution system. This project will provide system redundancy and allow for maintenance outages to equipment and facilities when repairs are needed.”

People that attended the open house Wednesday, and another that was held in Lake Geneva Tuesday, were able to view detailed maps of possible routes and talk with ATC representatives. Refreshments also were served.

Eventually, ATC will have to identify two proposed routes. Right now, there are a lot of options on where the lines could go, said Carpenter. And where the lines will be located is typically people’s chief concern, which is hard to address right now.

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