MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. — A utility company is
asking state regulators to approve a $140 million project to supply
electricity to the massive Foxconn manufacturing complex in
Transmission Co. says the massive plant is expected to draw six
times more power than the next-largest factory in the state, a
Milwaukee newspaper reported. ATC wants to build a new substation
east of the facility and connect it with high-voltage power lines.
The company plans to file an application with the
state Public Service Commission in February and seek a decision on
the project by August.
Construction would begin late next year on the
substation if the project is approved, ATC said. Transmission lines
would be built in early 2019 and power would begin flowing by late
2019 or early 2020. The utility would need to acquire easements or
use eminent domain authority to build the transmission lines.
The cost of the project would be spread among
about 5 million residential electric customers over 40 years, the
"The typical residential customer would pay
pennies per year over the life of the project," ATC spokeswoman
Alissa Braatz said.
The utility doesn't operate the power-generating
plants, but instead owns and runs the high-voltage systems that
deliver electricity. Wisconsin utilities including We Energies,
Wisconsin Public Service, Alliant Energy, Madison Gas & Electric and
Superior Water, Light and Power co-own ATC.
Foxconn's $10 billion, 13,000-employee complex
will be built in Mount Pleasant. The Taiwan-based company plans to
manufacture advanced liquid crystal display panels for commercial
and consumer uses, including televisions.