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ATC wants more power lines in Wis., Mich. (UPDATE)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — American Transmission Co. wants to expand power lines in northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan to improve electric system reliability.

The company announced Tuesday that the Bay Lake Project will include two new lines that would run from a new substation in the Green Bay area to an expanded substation near Ishpeming, Mich. and a substation near Oconto Falls.

Two other lines would run between the Menominee County and the Escanaba, Mich., areas.
Preliminary costs for the lines and substations run from $595 million to $895 million.

ATC said the need for the project is driven by regional changes in power generation and load and the need to maintain the system, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

“The Bay Lake Project will improve electric system performance in the region as well as increase stability and reliability of the system,” David Smith, ATC manager of reliability planning, said in a news release.

ATC said it expects to file applications for the project with regulatory agencies in Michigan and Wisconsin in late 2013 and in early 2014. If approved by both states, construction of the project would begin in 2015 to meet an in-service date of late 2016.

Jackie Olson, a spokeswoman with ATC’s office in De Pere, said ATC anticipates the first round of meetings to be scheduled in May to seek the public’s input.

“We have a very thorough, detailed and transparent public involvement process,” Olson said. “We typically spend a year or even 18 months talking to people in the area who may be affected by the project before we even file a regulatory application.”

The process includes alternate routes for regulators to examine as part of the application process, she said.

Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

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