American Transmission Company (ATC) on April 22 told the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin that the St. Martins-Edgewood-Mukwonago Rebuild Project remains on schedule for completion in June, and that all of the required permits have been obtained.
As TransmissionHub reported, the commission in October 2015 approved the rebuild of the line in southeastern Wisconsin where the lattice structures are almost 90 years old and at the end of their useful life.
ATC’s request for a one-year extension to begin construction on rebuilding existing 138-kV electric transmission line and substation facilities between the existing St. Martins and Edgewood substations, and between the Edgewood and Mukwonago substations, was granted in 2016.
According to a Nov. 15, 2016, filing by the state Division of Energy Regulation, the commission in October 2015 approved ATC’s application for authority to rebuild the existing 138-kV lines. Order Condition 15 in the final decision stated that “if ATC does not begin on-site physical construction within one year of the effective date of this certificate of authority and order, the certificate authorizing the approved project shall become void unless ATC: files a written request for an extension of time with the commission before the date on which the certificate becomes void, and is granted an extension by the commission.”
ATC in August 2016 filed a written request for extension to begin construction for the approved project, the division said, adding that the company’s stated reasons for its request were “resource constraints, primarily the availability of construction labor.”
ATC requested an extension of one year, until September 2018, in order to begin construction, the division said.
In its April 22 quarterly progress report for the period Jan. 1 through March 31, ATC discussed the status of the transmission line portion of the project, noting that vegetation management activities are substantially complete; right of way (ROW) restoration activities continued on the Mukwonago to Edgewood transmission line; and construction continued on the Edgewood to St. Martins transmission line.
Of the substation portion of the project, ATC noted that construction continued at the Edgewood and St. Martins substations.
Actual project costs as of March 31 totaled about $17m out of the approved total project cost of about $24.7m, ATC said.