The Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin’s chairperson on July 5 granted a request for extension of time for the PSC to take final action on American Transmission Company’s (ATC) application involving a 69-kV rebuild project.
As noted in a July 5 memorandum from the administrator of the PSC’s Division of Energy Regulation to the chairperson, the purpose of the memorandum is to request an extension for the PSC to take final action on ATC’s Feb. 29 application requesting a certificate of authority (CA) for authority to rebuild about 25 miles of the existing 69-kV transmission line between the existing Boscobel substation in the city of Boscobel, Grant County, Wis., and the Lone Rock substation in the town of Buena Vista, Richland County, Wis., at a total estimated cost of $32.4m.
Other than rerouting the line in two segments for a total distance of about nine miles, the existing line would be rebuilt within its existing right of way.
The PSC in April served a notice of investigation, the memorandum added. Unless the PSC takes final action on a CA application for which no hearing is held no later than 90 days after the PSC issues a notice opening a docket on the application, the application is deemed approved by law and the CA is issued, the memorandum said.
In this matter, the 90-day deadline expires on July 20, but the PSC chairperson, for good cause, may extend the time for action for no more than an additional 90 days, the memorandum noted.
While PSC staff is working diligently on its review so that the PSC can take final action as soon as practicable, given the scope of the project and its potential impacts on sensitive resources, including a crossing of the Wisconsin River, the administrator said that additional time beyond a 90-day schedule is necessary to complete staff’s environmental and statutory review processes of the proposed project.
If the request is granted, the new deadline for taking final action is Oct. 19, the memorandum added.