ATC Transmission Line Project

American Transmission Co., ITC Midwest LLC and Dairyland Power Cooperative have proposed to build a 125-mile transmission line from Madison to Dubuque County, Iowa. The entities listed above indicate that the “…project would deliver benefits to Wisconsin, Iowa and the Midwest region by: 1) Improving electric system reliability locally and regionally 2) Delivering economic benefits for local utilities and electric consumers 3) Expanding infrastructure to support greater use of renewable energy”

One of the proposed routes goes directly through a northern part of the Town of Vermont to reach the Town of Cross Plains. Please click here to review the recently revised map of proposed routes which go through the Town of Vermont.

There were open houses held on May 18 and 19 at Deer Valley Lodge regarding the project.Towns in the area of the proposed corridors have taken a few steps which the Town of Vermont will also be considering. The Town of Vermont board passed a resolution at the June 13th board meeting asking the Wisconsin Public Service Commission for a cost-benefit analysis of the transmission line vs. lower-impact alternatives.

Additionally, Michael McDermott formed a committee of citizens who have been meeting to discuss concerns and potential actions related to the ATC project. The Citizen Action Committee has put together a pamphlet as well as a video. If you are a resident, please click here to sign the online letter of support. And for the friends of Vermont Township, the committee is inviting you to sign the online letter of support by clicking here. 

Please feel free to leave comments below regarding the proposed ATC transmission line. If you would like to participate in the Citizen Action Committee, contact Michael McDermott at 608-767-3077 or email

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