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Filed under:ITC MN & IA 345 kV — posted by admin on September 7, 2014 @ 11:12 am

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Donate!!!  Yes, you!!   See that “PayPal” button up to the right?  Join the challenge to transmission that they don’t need and we don’t want!  No CapX 2020 has Intervened in the ITC Midwest MN/IA Certificate of Need, a public interest intervention focused on showing up to weigh in on the big picture issues (Important note, No CapX 2020 is aiding public participation, but not taking a position on route.).

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PUC CoN & Siting/Routing FINAL Rulemaking meeting

Filed under:ITC MN & IA 345 kV,Laws & Rules,Nuts & Bolts,PUC Docket — posted by admin on September 17, 2014 @ 12:34 pm

DraftIt’s final… that is, the FINAL meeting notice was just issued, one more go round on these draft rules for Certificate of Need (Minn. R. Ch. 7849) and Power Plant Siting Act (siting and routing of utility infrastructure) (Minn. R. Ch. 7850).

We’ve been at this for about a year and a half, maybe more, and to some extent we’re going round and round and round.

Here are the September 2014 drafts, hot off the press:

September Draft 7849

September Draft 7850

Send your comments, meaning SPECIFIC comments, not “THIS SUCKS” but comments on the order of “because of _______, proposed language for 7950.xxxx should be amended to say_______.”  It’s a bit of work, but it’s important, for instance, the Advisory Task Force parts are important because we were just before the PUC on this last week, trying to reinforce that Task Force’s are necessary, despite Commerce efforts to eliminate and/or neuter them.  That despite ALJ orders otherwise, the Final EIS should be in the record BEFORE the Public Hearings and Evidentiary Hearings (just lost a Motion to require this last month).

How can you comment?  The best way is to fire off an email to the Commission’s staff person leading this group:

kate.kahlert@state.mn.us

If you’re up to it, sign up on the PUC’s eDockets, and file your Comment in Docket 12-1246.  If you’d like your comment filed there, and can’t figure it out, please send it to me and I’ll file it for you.  It’s important that these comments be made in a way that the Commission will SEE, in a way that they cannot ignore, when this comes up before them.

This is what CapX 2020 looks like

Filed under:Hampton-Alma-LaCrosse,PUC Docket — posted by admin on September 10, 2014 @ 10:26 am

Today, I’ve received the Compliance filing for the CapX 2020 Hampton-La Crosse transmission line (PUC Docket 09-1448).

September Compliance_20149-102954-01

This is your land… this is what your land looks like with transmission… Any questions?

Before (note there’s a lattice structure or two in the background, this is “before” of an existing RoW):

SeptemberCompliance_20149-102954-01_BeforeDuring:

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More “during” in another location:
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SeptemberCompliance_20149-102954-01_Distance

ALJ’s Recommendation just received

Filed under:ITC MN & IA 345 kV — posted by admin on September 8, 2014 @ 2:15 pm

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Remember, this is about the Minnesota portion of the red line in the map above.

This Recommendation just in is for both Certificate of Need (PUC Docket 12-1053) and Routing (12-1337).

ALJ’s Recommendation_20149-102930-01

Haven’t read it yet — getting it out to you all first!

 

ITC Midwest – ALJ’s Recommendation due tomorrow!

Filed under:ITC MN & IA 345 kV,Uncategorized — posted by admin on September 7, 2014 @ 10:23 am

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Monday, September 8, 2014, the ALJ’s Recommendation on the ITC Midwest MN/IA Transmission line is due — for the Certificate of Need and the Routing dockets.

To see the full docket, go to the PUC SEARCH PAGE and search for dockets 12-1053 (CoN) and 12-1337 (Routing).

Then, after the ALJ’s Recommendation is out, we’ve got until September 23rd (15 days) to file exceptions to the ALJ’s Recommendation.  I can’t copy the rule because the state’s site is down (for updating, I presume), so here’s a cut and paste of the explanation from a prior decision:

ExceptionsThis is important because it’s the opportunity for not just parties, but for “any party adversely affected” to address the specific parts of the ALJ’s Recommendation that are a problem.

No CapX 2020 will be filing Exceptions.

Questions?  Let me know!

 

 

 

Withdrawal of Counsel – ITC Midwest MN/IA Xmsn Project

Filed under:ITC MN & IA 345 kV — posted by admin on September 2, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

Housekeeping again today — I’ve just filed my Withdrawal of Counsel for Citizens Energy Task Force in the ITC Midwest MN/IA Transmission Project docket at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission:

CETF – Withdrawal of Counsel

I’m still counsel of record for No CapX 2020 in this docket.

The ALJ’s Recommendation is due next Monday, September 8, and Exceptions are due Tuesday, September 23.

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CapX 2020 marching towards the Mississippi

Filed under:Hampton-Alma-LaCrosse,Uncategorized,Wisconsin — posted by admin on @ 7:36 am

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Yesterday we went off for a picnic at Alma’s Buena Vista Park, with the beautiful “Buena Vista” overlook, a new picnic table right near the edge of the lookout, the buena vista over… well… over the new CapX 2020 line and the Alma John P. Madgett coal plant owned by Dairyland Power Cooperative.  CapX transmission has made it to the edge of the Mississippi, and no further.

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What can I say… Little Sadie took one look, squatted, and promptly left her editorial and aesthetic opinion.

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Here’s the uncropped view:

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And from the other way, looking towards Alma:

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PUC Rulemaking — send Comments on Drafts

Filed under:Buy the Farm,Laws & Rules,Nuts & Bolts,Upcoming Events — posted by admin on September 1, 2014 @ 9:40 am

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The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is winding up its rulemaking on the Certificate of Need (Minn. R. Ch. 7849) and Siting/Routing (Minn. R. Ch. 7850) chapters.  My clients Goodhue Wind Truth and North Route Group have been participating all along, and their experience with the Certificate of Need and Routing/Siting process has helped inform this record and we sure hope leads to more sensible and workable rules, AND increased public participation.

Now is the time to download and make your comments on what should be included, what’s included that’s important and needs to go forward, and what needs to be reworded.

August 13 Draft 7849

7850 July 8 draft

August 13 Ch. 7850 comparison

Send Comments to:

  • kate.kahlert@state.mn.us
  • and/or post to the Rulemaking Docket.  To do that go HERE to the eDocket Filing Page, register if you’re not registered (it’s easy and almost instant), and post to Docket 12-1246.

It’s highly likely that the LAST meeting of the PUC’s Rulemaking Advisory Committee will be the one on September 24, 2014 (9:30 a.m. at the PUC, in the basement).

A few things that need work:

  • Ch. 7849 & 7850: Need language mirroring statutory language regarding testimony by members of the public UNDER OATH (ALJs have refused to offer people opportunity to testify under oath, and PUC has stated that it makes a difference, “but were those statements made under oath” and if not, less weight.
  • Ch. 7849: Advisory Task Forces need language of statute, and membership not limited to “local units of government.”
  • Ch. 7849 & 7850: Transcripts available online — need to address this in rules and reporter contracts.
  • Ch. 7849: Scoping and Alternatives — compare with Ch. 7850.  Similar process?
  • Ch. 7849.1450: When is it Commerce EER & DER
  • Ch. 7849 & 7850 – timing should be similar for completeness review, etc.
  • Ch. 7850: Public Meeting separate from Scoping Meeting (Public Meeting is to disseminate information, Scoping Meeting is for intake).
  • Ch. 7850: Power Plant Siting Act includes “Buy the Farm.”  Need rules regarding Buy the Farm.

Now is the time to review the drafts, above, and send in Comments.  There may be, I hope there are, revisions released prior to the next meeting, but usually it happens just before, and there’s no time.  So here’s where we are now, and Comments would be helpful.

It’s official – Withdrawal of Counsel for CETF

Filed under:BadgerCoulee - Wisconsin — posted by admin on August 28, 2014 @ 7:29 am

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Good morning!  I’ve just filed my Withdrawal of Counsel for Citizens Energy Task Force:

CETF Withdrawal of Counsel

Overland is a free agent!

HUH?  Well, you’ll just have to wait for the book…

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Badger Coulee Draft EIS has been released

Filed under:BadgerCoulee - Wisconsin,Wisconsin — posted by admin on August 25, 2014 @ 9:05 am

last week the Wisconsin Public Service Commission released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement … and it’s a biggie, as ATC’s Anne Spaltholz would say, “Cuddle up with your Kindle and enjoy the read!

The Comment period is open until Friday October 3rd, 2014, and because the PSC’s on-line comment page says that comments made are not part of the record, are only for staff consideration regarding the environmental review, send directly to the Environmental Coordinator for the Badger Coulee Project, Marilyn Weiss: Marilyn.Weiss@wisconsin.gov

CAUTION: PLEASE USE THE PSC’S COMMENT PAGE WITH CAUTION — USE IT WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THESE COMMENTS ARE NOT PART OF THE RECORD.  On most of the Comments filed in this docket:  NOTE: Public comments are currently being solicited by Commission staff for this docket. These comments will be used by staff in its scoping and analysis of this case, but will not be part of the official record.” Many, many of the comments submitted on the Comment page will not be included in the project record.  If you have filed a comment intending it to be part of the record, please check yours for that notice (theirs is not in red, though it should be!).  The PSC policy on Comments is: Only comments submitted in response the notice of hearing will be included in the record from which the Commission makes its decision.

To be clear, there are two tracks — comments to be considered by staff that are NOT part of the record, and, AFTER the “notice of hearing” comments that WILL be part of the record if filed during that window of time.  That means that once that “notice of hearing” is issued, you’ll need to refile any comments you’ve made earlier and resubmit them during that window after the “notice of hearing” or they will not be part of the record, and will not be considered by the Commission.  This is very important — I’m sure many of you were making comments thinking it was part of the record for the Commission.  This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t weigh in on environmental review, but it does mean that if you want your Comments to be part of the project record, remember to resubmit during that window.

In the meantime, here’s the DEIS:

Draft EIS Volume 1 pdf graphic (13969KB)
Draft EIS Volume 2 Cover pdf graphic (130KB)
Draft EIS Figure Vol. 2-1 – Index pdf graphic (640KB)
Draft EIS Figure Vol. 2-1 – Route Map 01 pdf graphic (6892KB)
Draft EIS Figure Vol. 2-1 – Route Map 02 pdf graphic (6550KB)
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Draft EIS Figure Vol. 2-2 – Proposed route alternatives and existing electric transmission system pdf graphic (1912KB)
Draft EIS Figure Vol. 2-3 – Ecological regions and elevations in the project area pdf graphic (7568KB)
Draft EIS Figure Vol. 2-4 – Trout streams and outstanding and exceptional resource waters pdf graphic (8339KB)
Draft EIS Figure Vol. 2-5 – Depth to bedrock in the project area pdf graphic (9114KB)
Draft EIS Figure Vol. 2-6 – Important bird areas in the project area pdf graphic (510KB)
Draft EIS Figure Vol. 2-7 – Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area Partnership properties pdf graphic (5848KB)
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