By LISA M. HOFFMANN
NORWAY - Norway City Council on Monday passed a resolution against American Transmission Co. building a high voltage electric line through the corporate limits of the city.
The resolution states that transmission lines are known to decrease property values, there are health concerns for people living near such lines, and construction of the line may inhibit further growth and development in the area around the lines. In addition, the area being considered for the line would lose much of its natural scenic value.
The Bay Lake Project includes the following components:
- A 345-kV line from a new substation in the Green Bay, Wis., area to an expanded substation near Ishpeming (about 175 miles).
- A 138-kV line from the new Green Bay area substation to the Morgan Substation near Oconto Falls, Wis. (about 40 miles).
- Two 138-kV lines between Menominee County and the Escanaba areas (about 60 miles).
The proposed route from Green Bay to Ishpeming goes through several properties in Norway. ATC notes transmission upgrades in the past six years have not kept pace with changing needs.
Council members said Monday they needed to pass a resolution against ATC's high voltage electric line in the city limits.
Lee Meneghini said there was no reason a resolution couldn't be passed at Monday's council meeting. Mark Bubloni and Paul Hayes agreed.
Hayes said ATC is making very significant decisions and reducing the right of way from 3,000 feet to 500 feet, but is still including all five routes.
ATC says reinforcements to the electrical transmission grid in the U.P. and northeastern Wisconsin are needed due to a combination of factors, including generation changes, changes in demand, the evolution of a wholesale electricity market, and emerging reliability concerns.
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