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ATC proposes power line to run through 5 area counties

Power lines (Reuters)
Power lines (Reuters)

PEWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has been asked by American Transmission Co. to build power lines and substation facilities across five counties in Northeast Wisconsin.

As part of the Bay Lake Project, ATC says it wants to build a power line from an area just north of Appleton to the Oconto County town of Morgan. The line would either be 40 or 48 miles long, depending on the route selected.

The billion-dollar Bay Lake Project was announced in 2012, and is aimed at improving electrical service to customers in Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

“The North Appleton-Morgan Project is needed to address reliability concerns, changes in generation and demand in the region, and the evolution of a wholesale electricity market,” David Hovde, ATC local relations consultant, said in a news release. “Without these reinforcements, areas of northeastern Wisconsin, including Green Bay and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, would be vulnerable to widespread outages.”

The North Appleton-Morgan project also includes expanded facilities at the substations at either end of the line, a new Benson Lake substation at the site of the Amberg Substation in Marinette County and work at 11 substations in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

If approved, the state Public Service Commission chooses the route.

The project is expected to cost between $307 million and $327 million. Construction is set to begin in 2017, with the line delivering electricity in 2019 if the project is approved.