American Transmission Co. (ATC) is beginning a multi-year public-outreach process for the proposed Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project in Wisconsin with the first in a series of informational open houses for residents and other stakeholders in the 150-mile project study area.
Studies indicate that a 345 kV transmission line from the La Crosse area to the greater Madison area would provide multiple benefits to the state of Wisconsin, including better access to renewable energy, improved electric system reliability, and economic savings for utilities and energy consumers.
ATC is hosting eight open houses this month and in October throughout the project study area to provide stakeholders with more information about the project and answer questions.
ATC will hold three more rounds of open houses over the next two years to gather public input and narrow potential routes before filing an application to build the line with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC), anticipated in 2013. If approved by the PSC, construction of the new line would begin in 2016 to meet an in-service date of 2018.
SOURCE: American Transmission Co.