American Transmission Company (ATC) on Jan. 23 told the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin that vegetation management – right of way clearing – and substation site development are scheduled to begin in February, in relation to the company’s Branch River Electric Reliability Project.
As TransmissionHub reported, the commission 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 commission 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.
In its Jan. 23 quarterly progress report for the period Oct. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016, ATC said that the current schedule projects a February 2018 in-service date.
The substation property was purchased, ATC said, adding that detail design activities continued, and procurement activity was completed.
The “ordered” total gross project cost is about $41m, and the “estimate at completion” total gross project cost is about $32m, the company said, adding that “actual project costs through” Dec. 31, 2016, were about $4.3m.