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Proposed ATC power line will be much shorter than planned

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A proposed electric transmission line in northeast Wisconsin will only be about a-third as long as originally planned.

The American Transmission Company of Waukesha said a power line from Green Bay into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula would only run for 45 miles, instead of the 122 miles that were originally proposed.

Company officials said the longer line is not needed anymore, because We Energies has scrapped the idea of closing its coal-fired power plant in Marquette Michigan. The utility decided to install pollution controls as required by the federal government, and keep the plant running.

The transmission line was originally going to cost $900 million. But ATC says it will now be more like $300 to $400 million. And the transmission says it’s delaying other work in the region, as it takes a second look at the region’s need for more electricity. 

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