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TOWN OF BELOIT

Construction on a new 345,000-volt power line in the town of Beloit is slated to begin this fall, according to a spokeswoman for American Transmission Company.

The power line will suspend wires above several properties just south of Finley Road between the Rock River and Gesley Road. The line will span 4.2 miles and connect via a substation to Alliant Energy’s new West Riverside Energy Center, a $700 million power plant under construction near Town Line Road.

Kaya Freiman, a spokeswoman for the company, said the line will tie in to an existing 345,000-volt power line west of Paddock Road. She said pre-construction activities have started, and completion is expected in 2019.

In November 2016, the company began reaching out to property owners to find a viable route for the double-circuit transmission line. The company sent a mailer to residents asking for input so the line could be built to reduce “impacts to communities and the environment,” the mailer reads.

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin approved the project Jan. 12. Freiman said it is estimated to cost $42 million.

Freiman said the company has purchased all of its land easements along the line’s route with the exception of two properties. On June 27, the company filed a petition for condemnation in Rock County Court to secure an easement on one of the properties located near Finley Road.

The West Riverside Energy Center, located just west of the existing Alliant Energy power plant along the bank of the Rock River, will be a gas-fired, 723-megawatt power plant. Alliant expects it to supply electricity for about 500,000 homes.

“The West Riverside Energy Center construction is making strong progress,” Scott Reigstad, a spokesman for Alliant Energy, said in a statement. “As of mid-July 2018, the construction is about 35 percent complete. The West Riverside Energy Center is planned to be fully completed by early 2020.”

Construction of a substation and two solar facilities are also included in the project.

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