ATC holds LaCrosse-Madison Open Houses

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by admin on April 18, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

This week and next — ATC is holding open houses for its Badger-Coulee line this week and next!
April 17-19 and 24-26! Got that? Mark your calendars.

It’s all part of the bigger plan, the WIREs line stretching from the Twin Cities to Madison – click on it for a larger map, and check the SE part, the blue solid and dashed line:

Hearing Ex. 13, Big Picture Map

American Transmission Company is pushing what they call the “Badger Coulee” transmission line from LaCrosse to Madison, and are hosting open houses across western Wisconsin over the next two weeks:

The public is invited to attend any of the following open houses:

April 17, Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center, Onalaska
April 18, Ettrick Elementary School, Ettrick
April 19, Three Bears Lodge, Warrens
April 24, Waunakee Village Center, Waunakee
April 25, Wintergreen Resort & Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells
April 26, Norwalk Community Center, Norwalk

Open houses at all locations run from 1 to 7 p.m.

Yesterday’s was in Onalaska, and CETF was there in good form, complete with balloon to give people an idea of what 120 foot transmission structures looks like (and I hope they’ll get another 80 feet of string for those 200 foot transmission towers):


And an appearance by Xcel Energy, apparently ATC wanted Xcel present to answer questions about CapX, so Hilly was tapped for yesterday:


Meanwhile, as noted in a recent post, the Xcel Energy v. ATC fight at FERC continues.

Here’s the route they’re looking at (click for larger map):

openhouse3preliminaryroutemapmailingwithoh1A fundamental part of this is that the studies all show that by bringing the radial 345 kV line to La Crosse, the system MUST have an extension to Madison to link in to the 345kV system or they’ve got instability problems:

ATC’s Western Wisconsin Transmission Reliability Study – September 20, 2010

King Exhibit 7 – Corridor Study Update (if problems with link, it’s BIG, go to and search for docket 05-CE-136 and then scroll down to ERF #s 158019, 158020, 158021, 158022 and 158023)

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And although I’m losing weight, it’s going to be a long process, and this is inspiring, motivational, and all that:

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image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace