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Transmission Line in Southwest Wisconsin Public Meetings

Farmers interested in finding out more about a proposed power line running across southwest Wisconsin can get information at four open houses scheduled in May.

American Transmission Company, ITC Midwest LLC, and Dairyland Power Cooperative are proposing the “Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line” to connect ATC's Cardinal Substation in the Town of Middleton with ITC's proposed Hickory Creek Substation in Dubuque County, Iowa. The line would be about 125 miles long – depending on the specific route chosen – and would carry 345,000 volts. The project would also include a new substation proposed in Montfort.

The public comments received at these open houses will help the companies decide the potential routes that will be submitted as part of their application.

The Wisconsin Department of Ag, Trade, and Consumer Protection will write an agricultural impact statement after an application is submitted to the Public Service Commission. The statement will examine how each potential route would affect farmland and farm practices, and recommend ways to alleviate any negative effects. It also includes individual landowners' comments and concerns, based on landowner surveys that DATCP [dat'-cap] conducts.

Visitors to the open houses will be able to talk one-on-one with representatives from the companies. There will be no formal presentation. In addition to the first open house in Iowa on May 16th, three additional events are set for southwest Wisconsin. An open house will be at Pioneer Lanes in Platteville on Tuesday, May 17th. There are also open houses set for Deer Valley Lodge in Barneveld on Wednesday, May 18th, and Thursday, May 19th. Each of the open houses will run from 4:00 until 7:00 PM.

State officials report that the project is in the early stages. It will require approval from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Army Corps of Engineers. The application to state regulators is expected in 2018-19, and plans are to have the line in service in 2023.