American Transmission Co. has received approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to reconstruct approximately 12.5 miles of 138,000-volt transmission lines in western Kenosha County. The Paris - Albers Rebuild Project will run from the Paris Substation, located in the towns of Paris and Somers, Wisconsin, to the Albers substation in the City of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
'This project will help maintain reliability of the electric transmission system,' said Mary Carpenter, senior local relations representative. 'The existing transmission line was originally built in 1947, and this rebuild will allow the system to meet current and future electricity loads.'
This project involves replacing the aging H-frame wooden poles with new H-frame wooden poles. The existing wires strung between the poles also will be replaced with larger wires to increase the line capacity. No new right-of-way is needed, and the new poles will be placed within a few feet of the existing poles. ATC will work with landowners to access the right-of-way through their property if necessary.
Construction is expected to begin in fall 2014, with completion in early 2015. The estimated cost of the project is $11.5 million. Landowners along the right-of-way have been informed of the project and will continue to be kept apprised as the project proceeds.
Additional details are available on the PSC's website under Docket No. 137-CE-174. A map of the proposed project and additional information can be found at www.atc-projects.com.
American Transmission Co. is a Wisconsin-based company that owns and operates the electric transmission system in portions of the Upper Midwest. Formed in 2001 as the nation's first multi-state transmission-only utility, ATC has invested $3.2 billion to improve the adequacy and reliability of its infrastructure. ATC now is a $3.6 billion company with 9,480 miles of transmission lines and 529 substations. The company is a member of the MISO regional transmission organization, and provides nondiscriminatory service to all customers, supporting effective competition in energy markets without favoring any market participant.