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Washington State is working on “Buy the Farm” and a bill was introduced last Monday:
It’s been referred to House Judiciary — here’s the page for status of bills:
Is this exciting or what?!?!
The Wisconsin PSC docket for ATC and NSP Wisconsin’s Badger Coulee line marches on. As of Friday, there are more briefs filed and waiting to be read. The WOW brief is… well… WOW, as it admits on p. 7 of its Reply Brief:
The need for the Project, however, is not Wisconsin-centric.
DOH! That says it all, everything the Wisconsin Public Service Commission needs to know.
Yes, I’ve filed this under “Energy” “Disaster” because it’s a train wreck of a proposal, and I cannot believe people would buy into this… or sell out into this. What, you say? e21!
In December, Xcel filed this, and I swear, this was the heading:
REQUEST FOR PLANNING MEETING AND DIALOGUE ROADMAP FOR SUPPORTING THE e21 INITIATIVE
“Roadmap for SUPPORTING?” Really…
So what is it? It’s a lot of whining about how hard it is to be a utility and that things are changing. Ummmmm… yeah. As if Xcel didn’t know that?
It feels to me like it’s another whack at “restructuring,” a/k/a deregulation, and a “we’re too big to fail” argument. And as before with “restructuring,” everyone’s getting in line, jumping on the bandwagon.
Listen to this recommendation:
(J)1. Encourage the use of, and give additional weight to, settlement agreements among parties, as long as the Commission determines that the agreements are in the public interest.
And now that we’ve permitted and built all this excess transmission capacity, they’re whining about under-utilization… can you believe it? Check this recommendation:
(N) Identify and develop opportunities to reduce customer costs by improving overall grid efficiency. In Minnesota, the total electric system utilization is approximately 55 percent (average demand divided by peak demand), thus providing an opportunity to reduce system costs by better utilizing existing system assets (e.g., generation, wires, etc.).
This sounds like the best opening to get into the CapX and MVP dockets and get them revoked. Give me a break…
So I just filed this, we’re gonna do what we can:
Why file for intervention? Well, this thing is all about stakeholders, and argues that, hey, look, all the stakeholders agree so just do it. Ummmm… right… and just who are the stakeholders? Those who have made those agreements with them in the past that got us right where we are today, DOH! What a fine mess you’ve gotten us into… let’s not do it yet again!
Judge Newmark has just filed an Order granting the NoCapX Motion for Extension to File Non-Party Brief and here it is:
And the Brief, filed yesterday, which is now accepted, in the record:
Leave it to the PSC to say, “Hey, here’s an open door” and then make it a screen door that’s locked! In the Badger Coulee docket, the ALJ offered an opportunity to file “Non-Party” briefs and then it turned out the transcripts weren’t posted on ERF until the Thursday afternoon before the Friday brief deadline. Thankfully Frank Jablonski offered to send the early transcripts sans corrections on Tuesday when I asked. I’d filed a quick Motion for Extension, no word on that yet, but brief has been filed:
How is one supposed to write a brief without transcripts? Oh, right, we’re not supposed to. Oh well… So here we go:
No CapX 2020_Non-Party Brief – FILED TODAY!!!
In this docket I was compelled. There were such important things that were utterly ignored.
For example, check the record about cost allocation, rate recovery, return on investment… Look at the testimony of Hodgeson (ATC) and Hoesly (NSP-Wisconsin). Hodgson’s not exactly credible on the stand — when questioned about rate impacts on ratepayers, nada, he refused to address impacts on ratepayers, only that “benefits” will go to utilities:
Nothing about Schedule MM, nothing about Schedule 26A, which are how they came up with this numbers game. And he put it together, lots was submitted CONFIDENTIALLY, info under wraps. But the most primary concepts he will not talk about, and the primary documents are not in the record.
Can you believe that? I… know… no-tingk!
Does Hodgson know nothing? Not quite. Take a look at Hodgson’s prefiled testimony, and do a search for Attachment MM and Schedule 26A, look at how he talks about it:
His testimony is about cost allocation, apportionment, and each balancing area’s assessment for the lump of the MISO 17 MVP Portfolio projects. And, yup, in Hodgson’s Direct Testimony, “Attachment MM” is used 12 times in his Direct Testimony. “Schedule 26A” is used 8 times. So where is Attachment MM? Where is Schedule 26A? They’re not attached as exhibits. They’re not in the record that I could find. WTF???
Who cares about MISO Tariff Attachment MM and Schedule 26A in the Badger Coulee docket? Apparently no one. The Applicants sure wouldn’t want to disclose this if they don’t have to, and they didn’t. The intervenors didn’t care, it’s not been entered as an exhibit by any of them. So where in the record is anything about how these MVP costs will affect Wisconsin ratepayers?
Here’s NSP-Wisconsin’s Hoesly, his testimony on this is limited to p. 5-6, noting that Hodgson did the work:
THERE WAS NOT ONE SINGLE QUESTION FOR HOESLEY! Well, PSC’s Urban and Sirohi too…
Here they are, the primary documents, from the ITC Midwest MN/IA 345 kV case:
Hodgson also refers to MISO Tariff Attachment O, and here it is:
And for a bigger picture, here’s recent ATC info:
ATC Budget and Rates (note they use “coincident peak” for these calculations):
And from that, these documents (some repeats) that were prepared for an October rate dog & pony:
Who cares? Well… anyone who is concerned about what Wisconsin, Minnesota, or anyone in MISO might be stuck paying for these MVP projects!
Do tell — how can the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin make a decision in this docket without the MISO Tariff Attachment MM and Schedule 26A in the record? How can it make a decision without considering what Wisconsin’s assessment for all those $5.86 BILLION in MISO’s 17 MVP projects amounts to?
Tonight Great River Energy held a great meeting on the Tyrone Transmission Project, a “little” 69 kV project along Myrick Street in Le Sueur. For such a short project, what a turn out — this was towards the end, when I got there, it was standing room only, down the hall, all the way to the door.
What was great about this is the level of understanding the folks have, not the GRE folks of course, but the regular people looking for information about how this project came to be proposed, and what they could do about it. LOVE IT when that happens! Questions like:
- Will penta poles leach into the groundwater (10′ well in area!)?
- If they want to power the currently non-existent warehouse district, why isn’t substation over there?
- If this is for Cambria, shouldn’t the substation be on their property?
- About that underground line serving Cambria, what’s up with that?
- If they’re wanting to serve Cambria and the warehouse district on the other side, why tap into the existing 69kV so far to the east and then run all that way back west, isn’t there a better way to do it?
There should be a good article about this in the Le Sueur News-Herald tomorrow or Thursday.
Here’s what they think they want to do:
Here’s the Notice blurb they sent out:
And the GRE Tyrone Transmission Project page!
Next stop, Le Sueur County Zoning & Planning for the first step towards a Conditional Use Permit. Are we having fun yet?
This is a new transmission line proposed by Great River Energy in the Myrick area, just up the hill from the Minnesota River in Le Sueur. Great River Energy is holding an open house on Tuesday!
Great River Energy Open House
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Le Sueur Library
118 Ferry Street
Le Sueur, Minnesota
Here’s the Notice blurb they sent out:
And the GRE Tyrone Transmission Project page!
What they’re not mentioning is that this project will require approval by the County, and that application is expected to be filed some time after the Open House. So mark your calendars, and keep an eye out!
And let’s wax nostalgic for a bit… remember that old, rejected, Myrick CapX 2020 proposal? Here it is below, an addition DURING THE HEARING, long after the opportunity to add new route options had been closed. It was added after Xcel finally got the word that the DOT would not allow them to ram through their Le Sueur Scenic Easements. We’re on some familiar territory here:
Here’s an article about this Tyrone line in the Le Sueur News-Herald:
Great River Energy and Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative hold an open house meeting Tuesday, Jan. 27 regarding a proposed 69-kilovolt transmission line and substation to be constructed in the Le Sueur area.
The proposed substation would be located near the intersection of County Road 117 and 320th Street and the line would run along 320 Street to 265th Avenue, tapping in to an existing Xcel Energy line at 339th Street. Construction is expected to begin this winter with lines being in service by June 2016.
Remember this map? The ITC Midwest MN/IA line is the ITC Midwest part of MISO’s “MVP 3″ which on the above map is the red part. The other part of MISO’s “MVP 3″ is to be built and owned by Warren Buffet’s Mid-American Energy, and that’s the green line above. MISO’s MVP 3 is one of those touted and promoted by our “friends” at Center for Rural Affairs (oh, what people will do for money!) The tan/orange and blue are what’s known as MISO’s “MVP 4.” And yes, it’s all connected, moving east to MISO’s MVP 5, the northern part of which is Badger Coulee, from La Crosse to Madison, and the southern part of which is the Cardinal-Hickory Creek (Spring Green?) that runs from MVP 4 to Madison.
The biggest thing at issue here is whether ITC Midwest is a “public service corporation” in the state of Minnesota. That designation gives it special status, specifically, the door to use of eminent domain, to condemn land for the transmission line.
The second most important issue in his case is the Minnesota assessment for the 17-20 MISO MVP Projects, not just this one little piece of MVP 3. That assessment is in a MISO tariff that was “approved” by FERC:
Here’s the PUC Order for Certificate of Need and for the Route Permit, where they’re ducking the major issues:
PUC Staff Briefing Papers have been filed:
Here are the Motions for Reconsideration that were filed:
Responses of Applicant and Commerce DER in Certificate of Need docket (12-1053):
Response of Applicant in Routing Docket (13-1337):
Starting at 9:30, CLICK HERE FOR WEBCAST of the Badger Coulee transmission project technical hearing at the Wisconsin PSC. It started Tuesday, apologies for not getting this posted earlier, had a pipeline hearing in District Court Tuesday and have been pre-occupied… but hey, I’m paying attention now! You can too. Check out out, it’s interesting stuff.
This is the northern half of MISO’s MVP 5, Badger Coulee is the blue line above “5” and the other half of MVP 5 is below “5” and you can see how it’s all connected, connected to CapX 2020 at La Crosse, and connected to MVP 3 and 4 coming across from Iowa and Minnesota, completion of the CapX 2020 link from the mine-mouth coal plants in the Dakotas to the Madison 345 kV ring and points east.