ATC adjusts timetable for $81m, 138-kV project in Wisconsin

American Transmission Company (ATC) has altered the timeline for the $80.6m Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva project, moving the public open house to next spring and the application filing to spring 2015.

The public open house originally was scheduled to take place this fall.

Next spring, ATC will review the project and present the route options that best meet the routing and siting criteria based on impacts, costs, operation and maintenance, a spokesperson for the company told TransmissionHub Sept. 13.

“Although this change does not affect the spring 2019 planned in-service date, we determined that we could postpone submitting an application to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin until spring 2015, instead of spring 2014,” the spokesperson said. “This schedule change was made to make more efficient use of resources across all of ATC’s projects, and also allows the public additional time to provide comments and feedback on routes.”

The Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva project is a 25-mile, 138-kV line that is proposed to run from the existing North Lake Geneva substation in Walworth County, Wis., to the existing Spring Valley substation in Kenosha County, Wis. The project also entails construction of a new substation near Twin Lakes and a 69-kV line that will connect the 138-kV line to the Twin Lakes station. ATC also plans to rebuild the existing 69-kV transmission line from the Katzenberg substation to the Twin Lakes substation. 

ATC will review and present route options in the spring, finalize proposed routes in the summer to fall period and hold an open house on the final proposed route in early 2015, according to the project’s timeline.

The commission is scheduled to issue its decision on the application in summer 2016, and ATC expects to begin construction in summer 2017.




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