Joint response to Dane County Circuit Court order dissolving temporary injunction

The Dane County Circuit Court today issued an order dissolving the temporary injunction of project construction for the Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line Project – an injunction which was initially issued on Oct. 26, 2021.

The co-owners of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek project including American Transmission Company, ITC Midwest and Dairyland Power Cooperative are pleased with this decision, which resolves any question related to bias or perceived bias of the 2019 state regulatory approval of the project. The court’s decision regarding the merits of the case is still pending and anticipated in the foreseeable future.

The Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line is vital to the future of our region’s renewable energy and clean energy economy. Construction of the project is well underway and is still anticipated to be completed by December 2023.

The co-owners of the project believe this project stands on its merits. The project is needed more today than when initially approved by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in 2019. Currently there are 127 renewable generation projects, including more than 19 gigawatts dependent upon its construction – enough to power millions of homes with clean energy.

We look forward to the successful conclusion of the litigation, completing construction and placing the project into service – which will reduce energy costs, improve electric grid reliability, relieve congestion on the transmission system, support decarbonization goals and help support the interconnection of renewable generation in the Upper Midwest. 

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