Advances in technology powered by electricity are improving our quality of life. At the same time, it's created a dependence on and expectation for an uninterrupted supply of electricity. We rarely notice how plugged in we are... unless the lights go out. At ATC, we are helping to keep the lights on, businesses running and communities strong.
We annually produce a 10-Year Transmission System Assessment based on engineering studies of the transmission system looking for potential problems that may affect the future performance of the system. Our studies identify and prioritize future projects needed to improve the adequacy and reliability of the electric transmission system for our customers and all electricity users in the region we serve.
This Web site reflects the Full Report of our 2011 10-Year Assessment. Also see our 2011 Summary Report. For more information about ATC, visit our main Web site: www.atcllc.com.
While we have made our transmission plans public since our inception in 2001, we are now working toward making our planning processes more transparent and accessible as well. In the years 2011 and beyond ATC will be gathering additional input from our stakeholders early in the 10-Year Assessment process to include in our assumptions and models.
ATC is among the planning authorities that have formed the "Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative" and on Sept. 14, 2009 submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy for establishing an interconnection-wide transmission study process. Here are links to: a press release from EIPC about the proposal; the project narrative that was submitted to DOE; the agreement among the planning authorities participating in EIPC; and a list of the planning authorities that have signed the agreement. Here is information on stakeholder conference calls that EIPC will be conducting on May 12 and 13.
The DOE on Dec. 18, 2009 announced that it awarded $16 million to fund the EIPC’s efforts. Here is a link to the DOE press release announcing the selection.
The following information regarding rules and voting procedures has been sent to stakeholders.
Additional information about EIPC can be found on the new EIPC website.
ATC is among a group of utilities sponsoring the Strategic Midwest Area Transmission Study (SMARTransmission Study), a comprehensive study of the transmission needed in the Upper Midwest to support renewable energy development and to transport that energy to consumers. Here are links to an ATC press release announcing the study and presentation from an April 27 stakeholder meeting about the study.
To find additional information regarding the study, please visit the SMARTransmission Study web site at www.smartstudy.biz.