Variations on ATC criteria

The ATC transmission system consists of assets contributed by entities within the five Balancing Authorities of the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan Systems. Each of the original asset owners planned their system to separate planning criteria, particularly in regard to transient and dynamic performance. Therefore, as ATC has implemented its own planning criteria, portions of the system may require upgrades to meet the more stringent ATC criteria.

This section of the ATC planning criteria describes the philosophy that will be followed for completing projects in a portion of the system identified as deficient with respect to the ATC planning criteria.

Area does not meet the ATC planning criteria performance requirements.

  1. Complete projects required for bringing the existing system up to the ATC planning criteria performance requirements with no intentional delay.
  2. New generator interconnections are not permitted until the ATC planning criteria are met with the addition of the new generator, if the new generator interconnection aggravates the stability condition [A new generation interconnection is deemed to aggravate the stability performance of an area if a change in scope is required to meet the ATC planning criteria. See NERC Standard FAC-002-1 for new generator interconnections].
  3. Depending on the level of risk associated with the deficiency, special operating procedures (restrictions or guides) may be required to mitigate the risk until the projects are completed. If a new generator interconnection is permitted but still negatively influences the stability condition, the operating restriction may follow a “last interconnected, first restricted” approach.
  4. Reinforcements to meet ATC Criteria will be reviewed to ensure the risk, cost, and benefit are in the best interest of stakeholders. ATC Planning Leadership will have the discretion to determine exceptions to the criteria.

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