Transmission line easement acquisition for Branch River project 100% complete, ATC says

American Transmission Company (ATC) on Oct. 21 told the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin that transmission line easement acquisition for the Branch River Electric Reliability Project is 100% complete.

As TransmissionHub reported, the PSC at a July 2015 open meeting granted ATC a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) for the Branch River substation project in eastern Wisconsin.

ATC in October 2014 filed with the PSC a CPCN application for the project. According to the application, ATC proposed building a new 345-kV substation, to be known as Branch River, at one of two sites in Franklin, Wis., along with an approximately 1.25-mile, 138-kV overhead, single‐circuit transmission line.

ATC, in its Oct. 21 quarterly progress report for the period July 1 through Sept. 30, told the PSC that the current schedule projects a February 2018 in-service date.

A construction site storm water runoff permit for the line was issued on Aug. 12, and a construction site storm water runoff permit for the substation was issued on Aug. 16.

The company also said that six agricultural confined animal operations were identified within 0.5 miles of the new transmission facilities, and that none of the facilities are served from distribution co-located with the existing transmission facilities. Three operations do not have animal contact points and were not tested, the company said. Three operations were tested, and no stray voltage concerns were identified, ATC said.

Among other things, the company said that the “ordered” total gross project cost is about $40.9m, while actual project costs through Sept. 30 were about $3.6m. 

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