Transmission line project open houses are March 11 and 12

The two routes now under consideration by ATC for Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Electric Reliability Project.

The two routes now under consideration by ATC for Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Electric Reliability Project. (Click for larger view)

American Transmission Co. is holding a second round of public open houses for the proposed Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Electric Reliability Project, a proposed 25-mile, 138-kilovolt transmission line from southern Walworth County to western Kenosha County.

The public is invited to attend either of the following open houses any time between between 3 and 7 p.m. on:

  • Tuesday, March 11, Marino’s Country Aire Banquet Hall, 34816 Geneva Rd., New Munster.
  • Wednesday, March 12, Hawks View Golf Club, 7377 Krueger Rd., Lake Geneva.

“We’ve been working with Alliant Energy and We Energies for several years to identify a suitable long-term electric solution for this growing area,” said Mary Carpenter, ATC local relations representative. “The communities and residents have been helpful in developing the project and the proposed routes.”

Initial open houses were held last year with preliminary maps. The latest map shows much of the proposed route that went through southern Salem has been eliminated from consideration. (Here’s the old map; here’s the latest map)

This estimated $80 million to $95 million project would provide system redundancy and allow for maintenance outages when repairs are needed.

ATC will evaluate public comments on the proposed route options to determine if modifications are needed. A final round of open houses will be held in early 2015 to present the route options that will be included in ATC’s application to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for permission to build the line and substation. If approved, the PSC will select the route to be built. Construction would begin in 2017 to meet an in-service date of 2019.

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