American Transmission Company (ATC) on April 21 told the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin that the Branch River Electric Reliability Project remains on schedule, with a projected February 2018 in-service date.
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.
According to ATC’s October 2014 CPCN application filed with the commission, 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. The PSC in July 2015 voted to approve ATC’s preferred substation site and route alternative for the project. In its application for the project, ATC said that the project is needed to strengthen the company’s transmission system and to remove operating restrictions on the Point Beach nuclear generating units in Manitowoc County, Wis.
The company, in its April 21 quarterly progress report for the period Jan. 1 through March 31, noted that detail design activities continued, and that construction began on Feb. 1.
Vegetation management activities were completed, and substation site grading and preparation began, the company said.
The “ordered” total gross project cost is about $40.9m, and the total gross project cost through March 31 was about $7.3m, according to the filing.