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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Following more than a year of planning, Xcel Energy has filed an application for a Certificate of Authority with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to construct two new substations and a new 69-kilovolt transmission line in St. Croix County. The Somerset substation, located 1.5 miles north of Somerset, will be constructed as a transmission switching substation to accommodate future distribution transformers. To the east, the Stanton substation,1.5 miles northeast of New Richmond, would serve as a small transmission switching substation. Approximately 8.4 miles of 69kV transmission line would be constructed between the new substations.
“The project is needed to meet the area’s significant population growth and increase in demand for electricity, particularly around the New Richmond and Somerset area, said Tim Rogers, supervisor, Siting and Permitting. “The substations and new line will provide an east-west source for the network of transmission lines in the area, which strengthens the system and improves reliability.”
The Somerset-Stanton project is one of a series of projects to ensure electric reliability in and around St. Croix County. Construction is nearly complete on the Three Lakes substation, located south of New Richmond and between Xcel Energy’s Kinnickinnic substation and Dairyland Power Cooperative’s Roberts substation. The project provides a 115kV power source in the middle of a long stretch of existing 69kV transmission line. The East Baldwin substation is located west of Woodville and between Xcel Energy’s Crystal Cave and Pine Lake substations. Construction is under way on the substation and will be completed during the summer of 2010.
Following all state and local regulatory approvals, engineering, design and construction work is expected to begin on the Somerset-Stanton project in the fall of 2010 and the facilities could be operational by December of 2011.
Xcel Energy is committed to reducing its impact on the environment by cutting emissions, promoting conservation and using more wind power and renewable energy. Xcel Energy is the No. 1 wind power provider in the United States and one of the largest hydroelectric producers in the Midwest.