ROW clearing, substation site development for Branch River project to begin in February, ATC says

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.

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Corina Rivera-Linares was TransmissionHub’s chief editor until August 2021, as well as part of the team that established TransmissionHub in 2011. Before joining TransmissionHub, Corina covered renewable energy and environmental issues, as well as transmission, generation, regulation, legislation and ISO/RTO matters at SNL Financial from 2005 to 2011. She has also covered such topics as health, politics, and education for weekly newspapers and national magazines.