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Power line project on schedule

August 24, 2012
By Kyle Whitney - Staff Writer , Marquette Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The American Transmission Co. has completed an initial round of internal reviews related to a massive electric transmission line project that will stretch from central Wisconsin to Marquette County and the company plans to do more public outreach in the coming months.

The review has resulted in the elimination of some prospective corridors for the Bay Lake Project, according to ATC spokeswoman Jackie Olson. She said ATC plans to send letters this month to landowners who may still be affected by the project.

Those letters will serve as invitations to a collection of public outreach meetings, which will likely be held in October, according to Olson. Typically, ATC officials have said, the company looks to co-locate new lines with existing infrastructure, such as pipelines, highways or rail lines.

The project will create a major transmission line from Green Bay to Ishpeming and is intended to reinforce the electrical transmission grid in the U.P. and northeastern Wisconsin by addressing stability, reliability and generation concerns.

ATC is a multi-state transmission-only utility that owns, operates and maintains the high-voltage electric transmission lines serving parts of Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan.



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