Ashland-Ironwood Transmission Line Relocation

Project Update

On May 26, 2021, we filed a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity application for the proposed Ashland-Ironwood Transmission Relocation project with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW). We thank landowners and stakeholders in the area for participating in our public open houses and providing us with valuable feedback on route options over the past two years.  The application includes five route options labeled as A, B, C, D and E. Xcel Energy’s application with the PSCW can be viewed on the PSCW website (external link).

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The proposed project requires approval from the PSCW. They will determine whether the project is needed and the appropriate pole size, configuration, route option and timing for the project. Once the PSCW deems the application to be complete, then their review process will begin which includes multiple opportunities for stakeholder and public input including a formal public hearing. If approved, construction is expected to begin in 2025, with an estimated in-service date in 2026.

Estimated Project Timeline

  • Oct 2019 - April 2021 – Routing evaluation/public outreach
  • May 2021 – CPCN application filed with PSCW
  • May 2021 – July 2022 – PSCW application review process
  • July 2022 – Anticipated PSCW approves project and selects route option
  • 2023-2024 – Engineering design and easement procurement
  • 2025-2026 – Construction
  • 2027-2028 – Restoration/project closeout

Project Maps

The project overview map below displays the proposed route options at a high level.  The purple, yellow and purple/yellow lines on the map designate the four potential routes for the new transmission lines. Each of the four routes have a varying combination of shared route segments.

The interactive map below shows the proposed route options.  You can type in your address in the search bar and zoom in and out using the + and – symbols to view where the proposed routes are located. 

 

Proposed Route Photo Simulations

View photo simulations (PDF) show examples of proposed routes/structure types.

We held several public open houses in 2019, 2020 and 2021 to develop the final route segment options that will be in our application to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.

A video recording of the March 30 virtual open house is here (external link).

Learn more about the project by viewing some frequently asked questions

Project Need

The 88 kV line was built in the 1950s and the 115 kV line was built in the 1970s. Both lines are critical to providing reliable power to northern Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula Michigan customers including Xcel Energy, Bayfield Electric and Price Electric customers.  However, due to natural weathering, lightning damage and other factors, the wood pole structures are approaching the end of their useful service life.  Approximately 90 percent of the lines run cross-country on separate corridors through difficult terrain features including wetlands, beaver ponds, bogs, rivers, steep ravines and rocky outcroppings that pose challenges for construction and future maintenance.

Contact Us

You can submit questions or comments by sending an email to matthew.j.mcfarlane@xcelenergy.com or calling 715-737-2434.

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