Bayfield Loop Transmission Project Information
The Commission approved construction of this project on January 8, 2020.
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- Overview: Northern States Power Company (Xcel Energy), is proposing to build a new 34.5 kilovolt (kV) transmission line and two new substations in the Bayfield Peninsula area. Depending on the route selected, the proposed transmission line would extend approximately 19 to 26 miles and connect the two proposed substations being referred to as Fish Creek and Pikes Creek. The new Fish Creek Substation would be located approximately four miles west of the City of Ashland. The new Pikes Creek Substation is proposed to be located approximately 2 miles west of the City of Bayfield, Wisconsin.
- Applicant stated need: To improve electric reliability and to provide voltage support to communities on the Bayfield peninsula.
- Estimated cost: The estimated total project cost if the West Route is selected is approximately $27 million. For the East Route, the estimated total Project cost is $34 million. The estimates are based on a projected 2021 in-service year. Cost estimates include construction of the two substations and bypass lines associated with each route alternative.
- Project Location: Near the cities of Ashland and Bayfield, in Bayfield County, Wisconsin. See the project maps provided below for a more detailed location information.
- Proposed schedule: Xcel Energy anticipates beginning construction on the transmission line and substations in the 2nd Quarter of 2020. Construction of the substations is expected to take 12 to 15 months and construction of the line approximately 12 to 18 months, depending on the route selected.