North Central Wisconsin
Transmission system limitations in Zone 1
Zone 1 has a few key system performance issues. High voltages may occur in the northern portion of the zone under system intact as well as contingent system conditions. Potential overloads and low voltages that are a result of multiple contingency planning events will continue to be monitored. The most severe limitations are expected during both peak and off-peak periods.
Electric system overview
Small increases expected in population and employment
Population in Zone 1 is projected to grow at 0.14 percent annually between now and 2029. Employment is projected to grow at 0.49 percent annually between now and 2029. Marathon County is projected to realize the largest total increase in population and employment, while Juneau and Waushara Counties are projected to have the highest growth rates in population and employment, respectively.
Peak electric demand typically occurs during the summer months, with some winter peaks appearing in the northern portion of the zone. Primary electricity users in Zone 1 include several large paper mills and food processing plants.
Electric load is forecasted to grow approximately 0.4 percent annually through 2030.
Transmission projects in Zone 1
The most notable planned, proposed and provisional network/asset-renewal projects in Zone 1, are listed below – along with their projected year of completion and the factors driving the need for the projects.
Zone 1 includes the counties of:
- Adams , Wis.
- Fond du Lac (NW) , Wis.
- Forest (SW) , Wis.
- Green Lake , Wis.
- Juneau , Wis.
- Langlade , Wis.
- Lincoln , Wis.
- Marathon , Wis.
- Marquette , Wis.
- Monroe (E) , Wis.
- Oneida , Wis.
- Portage , Wis.
- Shawano (W) , Wis.
- Vernon (E) , Wis.
- Vilas (S) , Wis.
- Washara , Wis.
- Waupaca , Wis.
- Winnebago (W) , Wis.
- Wood , Wis.
Zone 1 Planned Projects
|Project Description||Project #||In-service year||Need driver|
|Wild Rose – Harrison 69‑kV line (Y‑19) partial rebuild||1||2020||Condition and performance|
|Waupaca area energy storage project||2||2021||Reliability, Operational flexibility|
|Petenwell - Saratoga 138-kV line (X-43), re-build||3||2022||Reliability and economic|
|J732 Superior SS Generator Interconnection Facilities and Network Upgrade||4||2023||G-T Interconnection|
|Chaffee Creek – Lincoln Pump Station 69‑kV line (Y‑18) rebuild||5||2023||Condition and performance|
|Wautoma – Chaffee Creek 69‑kV line (Y‑49) rebuild||6||2023||Condition and performance|
|Petenwell – Council Creek (X-40), OPGW Installation||7||2024||Communication|
|McKenna - Castle Rock 69-kV line (Y-47), rebuild||8||2025||Condition and performance|
Zone 1 Provisional Projects
|Project Description||In-service year||Need driver|