The state Public Service Commission today approved the American Transmission Company’s request to construct a new substation, plus six miles of 138-kilovolt transmission line, between Fitchburg and Verona in southern Dane County.
The new line is needed to meet increasing electric demands of commercial, industrial and residential customers, officials said.
The approval was relatively uncontroversial, unlike the controversial Rockdale-West Middleton ATC proposal that the PSC will consder late this year or early next year. It will run across Dane County and routes along the Beltline and in southern Dane County have roused considerable ire.
The route approved today for the Fitchburg-Verona transmission line will run mainly along Adams Road and Highway M, connecting an existing substation near the intersection of Highways M and PB in Verona to a new substation to be built near the intersection of Fish Hatchery Road and Irish Lane in Fitchburg.
Sixty five percent of the approved route is along an existing electric facility corridor, with one mile of the six mile route running along Fish Hatchery Road.
See release: http://www.wisbusiness.com/index.iml?Article=115611