MADISON – The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin today (PSC) approved American Transmission Company’s (ATC) request to construct a new 138 kilovolt transmission line and a new substation in Dodge County to meet increasing electric demands in the area.
“The Commission’s first priority in electric construction cases is to first determine a need,” said Chairperson Dan Ebert. “Because of substantial growth this area continues to experience, it is clear there is a need for upgrades to the transmission system. Today’s decision will help meet the growing electric demands in the area.”
In a verbal decision today, the Commission approved approximately $17 million for ATC to build 14 miles of new 138 kilovolt transmission line, a new substation and to upgrade other transmission facilities in the area. The new transmission line will connect the new Hubbard Substation near Neosho with the existing Rubicon Substation near Rubicon and will primarily follow existing transmission line right of way.
“This project is an example of how small fixes to the transmission system can resolve load problems,” said Commissioner Robert Garvin. “This project makes good sense and will help improve system reliability in the area.”
“I am sympathetic with landowners who will be impacted by today’s decision,” said Commissioner Mark Meyer. “However, there is a significant need for this line and the western route, which primarily follows existing right of way, is 20 percent less expensive and will have fewer impacts on the environment.”
The Commission will issue a written order to finalize today’s decision at a later date.
Documents associated with ATC’s applications can be viewed on our Electronic Regulatory Filing System at http://psc.wi.gov/. Enter case number 137-CE-138 in the boxes provided on the PSC homepage, or click on the Electronic Regulatory Filing System button.