Epic powers up

As Epic Systems in Verona continues to grow, so will its projected energy usage. At peak demand, Epic uses about 15.5 megawatts of power currently and the medical software company says it could double its demand by 2028.

Pewaukee-based American Transmission Co. (ATC), which builds and maintains high-voltage transmission lines, is proposing that a new substation and 138-kilovolt line, called the Northern Lights Interconnection Project, be built to serve the growing Epic campus at a cost of $21 million, according to a Verona Press report.

A Wisconsin State Journal story says Epic would chip in $10.3 million to bury all but a short portion of 2.25-mile line. The remaining $11 million would be passed on to about 5 million electric ratepayers in ATC's service area throughout the eastern two-thirds of Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission is weighing the request, with ATC hoping it could be up and running by June 2021.