Wisconsin Power and Light Co. (WPL), an Alliant Energy company, is putting the finishing touches on another Power Wisconsin Project. The project involves building a new substation just south of the Village of Fall River to support future electric load growth, reduce outage times and increase electric system reliability.
“Our electric load, especially from commercial and industrial customers in the area, is growing and we needed another substation to accommodate the growth as well as expected future growth in the area,” said Greg Ardrey, Alliant Energy’s Manager of Project Management - Substations. “In addition to providing more electric capacity, the new substation will give us better back-up capability for our Fall River customers in the event of an outage.”
The new Fountain Prairie Substation and related electrical work has been ongoing for nearly a year. The final electrical work on the substation is expected to be done later this month with a likely in service date of mid-March. Alliant Energy’s total investment in the new Fountain Prairie Substation is approximately $3.9 million.
Alliant Energy’s 2013 Power Wisconsin Plan includes approximately $70 million of planned investments this year in upgrading overhead and underground electric lines, electric substations and natural gas infrastructure. Power Wisconsin’s goal is to improve system reliability, reduce outages, and provide more reliable power to Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin customers.