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


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.).


Remember Myrick Street??? Here we go again!

Filed under:Upcoming Events — posted by admin on January 25, 2015 @ 3:52 pm


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.

at the

Le Sueur Library

118 Ferry Street

Le Sueur, Minnesota

Here’s the Notice blurb they sent out:

Tyrone Transmission Upgrade — pdoc749712

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!

Le Sueur County Planning and Zoning page

Le Sueur County Planning Commission

Le Sueur County Commissioners

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:

Open house on proposed electric transmission line near Le Sueur planned

Posted: Saturday, January 10, 2015 12:42 pm | Updated: 1:52 pm, Mon Jan 12, 2015.

ITC Midwest at PUC 1/29

Filed under:ITC MN & IA 345 kV,Upcoming Events — posted by admin on January 22, 2015 @ 4:15 pm


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:

Exhibit B_Schedule 26A Indicative Annual Charges_02262014

Here’s the PUC Order for Certificate of Need and for the Route Permit, where they’re ducking the major issues:

Order_Certificate of Need_201411-104931-01

Order_Route Permit_14-0120_12-1337

PUC Staff Briefing Papers have been filed:

Staff Briefing Papers – Motion For Reconsideration_20151-106480-01

Here are the Motions for Reconsideration that were filed:

No CapX 2020 Motion for Reconsideration – Certificate of Need

Jagodozinski_Reconsideration – Route

Responses of Applicant and Commerce DER in Certificate of Need docket (12-1053):

Reconsideration_CoN_Applicant’s Reply_201412-105705-01

Commerce DER Response_201412-105704-01

Response of Applicant in Routing Docket (13-1337):



Badger Coulee Xmsn Hearing – WEBCAST

Filed under:BadgerCoulee - Wisconsin,Wisconsin — posted by admin on January 8, 2015 @ 6:17 am


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.


Responses to Motions for Reconsideration of ITC Midwest MN/IA Xmsn

Filed under:ITC MN & IA 345 kV,Nuts & Bolts — posted by admin on December 31, 2014 @ 1:38 pm


The ITC Midwest MN/IA 345 kV line is the pink one above “3” in the map above.

In the Certificate of Need docket, both ITC Midwest and DoC-DER filed Responses, and in the Routing docket, ITC Midwest filed a response.  The Commission will digest it for a while and then there will be a Notice of Commission Meeting at least 10 days prior to the meeting.

Certificate of Need docket (12-1053):

Reconsideration_CoN_Applicant’s Reply_201412-105705-01


Routing Docket (13-1337):


Here are the Motions for Reconsideration that were filed:

No CapX 2020 Motion for Reconsideration – Certificate of Need

Jagodozinski_Reconsideration – Route





Motion for Reconsideration — ITC Midwest

Filed under:ITC MN & IA 345 kV,Nuts & Bolts — posted by admin on December 15, 2014 @ 3:36 pm

ITC MVP Study 3

It’s that time — ’tis the season.  Last month, the Public Utilities Commission filed its Orders in the ITC Midwest MN/IA transmission project docket granting the Certificate of Need and a Route Permit.

Order_Certificate of Need_201411-104931-01

In Minnesota, we have 20 days to file a Motion for Reconsideration, and that’s TODAY!  Two were filed:

Jagodiznski_Motion for Reconsideration – Route

No CapX 2020 Motion for Reconsideration – Certificate of Need

The applicant will get a chance to respond, and then the Commission will put it on their agenda… we shall see!

12/19 – Annual Hearing – Power Plant Siting Act

Filed under:Upcoming Events — posted by admin on December 12, 2014 @ 10:36 am

It’s that time of year… the time that we get to tell the Public Utilities Commission what does and does not work about the Power Plant Siting Act.  We’ve been doing it for years, 15 or so years, and have spent over a year now in a rulemaking on the PUC’s rules, Ch. 7849 (Certificate of Need) and Ch. 7850 (Power Plant & Transmission Siting) where some of these long complained of problems will be address (with any luck).  And now, again, it’s time to reinforce those comments with another round of comments:


How to file comments?  From the notice:


After the hearing, now officiated by an Administrative Law Judge (new as of a few years ago), a report is issued to the PUC and then ???  It used to go to the legislature, guess I have to find out what happens now.

December 19, 2014 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Public Utilities Commission

3rd Floor Large Hearing Room

121 – 7th Place East

St. Paul, MN  55101

Each of you who have experience siting and routing of large electric energy facilities — this is the time to weigh in.  You can do it in person, and you can do it by filing comments.

Here is the Power Plant Siting Act, which governs the siting and routing of large energy facilities:

Power Plant Siting Act – 216E

Here are some prior dockets (to access the entire docket, individual comments, etc., go to th PUC’s “SEARCH” site and plug in the docket numbers :

2000 Summary of Proceedings

2000 Report EQB

2001 Summary of Proceedings

2001 Report EQB

2002 Summary of Proceedings

2002 Report to EQB

2003 Summary of Proceedings

2003 Report to EQB

2004 Summary of Proceedings

2004 Report to EQB

2005 Report to PUC

2006 Report to PUC – Docket 06-1733

2007 Report to PUC – Docket 07-1579

2008 Report to PUC - Docket 08-1426

2009 Report to PUC – Docket 09-1351

2010 Report to PUC – Docket 10-222

2011 Report to PUC – Docket 11-324

2012 Report – Docket 12-360 -2012 Report Exhibits

2013 Report  – Docket 13-9650143-96999-01

Let the Badger Coulee hearings begin!

Filed under:BadgerCoulee - Wisconsin,Upcoming Events,Wisconsin — posted by admin on December 9, 2014 @ 9:38 am

Power line hearing today in Holmen


Public Comment period ends on January 5. Here’s a link!

And here are some articles about Badger Coulee:

Our view: PSC can't forget public service mission

Our view: PSC can’t forget public service mission

Rachel Teske: We don’t need power line expansion

And tell Michael Vickerman what you think of his support of the “it’s all connected” massive grid build-out:

Michael Vickerman: Badger-Coulee catalyst for renewable energy

And as to the Public Service Commission attendance at the hearings — what are you gonna do?

PSC commissioners may skip Badger-Coulee hearings

PSC chairman may attend public hearings after all

PSC Commissioner reverses course

PUC issues written orders in ITC docket

Filed under:ITC MN & IA 345 kV,Nuts & Bolts — posted by admin on November 25, 2014 @ 2:00 pm


It’s official!  Here are the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Orders in the ITC Midwest MN/IA 345 kV Transmission Project case for their Certificate of Need and Route Permit — hot off the press:

Order_Certificate of Need_201411-104931-01

Order_Route Permit_14-0120_12-1337

Today the clock starts ticking.  If there’s anything that you, an “affected party” take issue with and want the Commission to reconsider, there is a 20 day window to file a Motion for Reconsideration.  That means you need to file it by December 15, 2014.

Not only is this relevant to the ITC docket, but as the first of the MISO MVP projects to come down the pike, it’s also relevant to the Badger Coulee docket now ongoing in Wisconsin (GO HERE and search for PSC Docket 05-CE-142) as the first MVP project in Wisconsin.


Here’s the short version of the Certificate of Need Order:


Here are some issues for No CapX 2020 — this is the Commission’s interpretation — from the Certificate of Need Order:

1 2 3 4 5

So there ya have it!  Monday December 15, 2014 is the deadline for Motions for Reconsideration.







Hearing dates, and CapX 2020 in the news

Filed under:BadgerCoulee - Wisconsin,Hampton-Alma-LaCrosse,Upcoming Events,Wisconsin — posted by admin on November 23, 2014 @ 10:55 am

CapX 2020 in the news… see below.


And in Wisconsin — public hearings on Badger Coulee, La Crosse to Madison, start the week after next:


Condemnations start along CapX2020 powerline route

Posted: Friday, November 21, 2014 7:50 pm

To clear the way for an 11.4-mile segment of new transmission lines, a power utility has started the process of condemning properties stretching from Chester to Oronoco.

The project is part of CapX2020, a massive plan designed to upgrade the electric transmission system in parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. In total, the plan will cost $2.2 billion, cover 800 miles and finish in late 2015.

CapX2020 has negotiated deals with 43 land owners to build this 161 kV segment to connect Rochester to the main network, according to project spokesperson Tim Carlsgaard. Tree removal work could begin on the those parcels yet this month.



Icy water, eagles factor into CapX2020 river crossing


ALMA, Wis. — On a blustery November morning on an island in the Mississippi River, a construction crew was hard at work using a massive crane and welding equipment to tear down a 70-foot-tall section of lattice tower.

It was all part of a $30 million effort to string the new CapX2020 transmission lines across the Mississippi River near Alma. The project is a daunting one, requiring the use of barges to transport 3,280 cubic yards of concrete, a 250-ton crane and 6 miles of steel pipe to an island and a peninsula in the river being used for the river crossing. Making that work even more difficult has been the earlier-than-normal cold weather.

“It’s been cold. We’ve been fighting with the ice, so we’re looking to get done in the next couple of weeks,” Zach Pontzer said on Friday morning.





PSC Issues Notice of Hearing for Badger Coulee

Filed under:BadgerCoulee - Wisconsin,Laws & Rules,Upcoming Events,Wisconsin — posted by admin on November 1, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

The PSC has issued the Notice of Hearing for the Badger Coulee transmission project.  Dates, times, locations below.  Because there’s something even more important — look at the restrictions for those who want to comment:

CommentRestrictionsThere’s nothing in the docket of anyone, objecting to this.  WAKE UP!!!  Parties representing “the public” better stand up!

Here’s even more limitations, setting out the ways people can comment, and that a person may make only ONE comment:


And this too:


Now ain’t that encouraging?  Doesn’t that make you want to run right out and comment?

But remember, there is the option of writing a “Non-Party Brief” as described in the Prehearing Memorandum — see p. 9:

Prehearing Memorandum_Scheduling


Here’s the ALJ’s acknowledgement of that option, and how to do it, from the Prehearing Conference back in August (FYI, it’s Motion for Leave to file a non-party brief, not “relief”):


Here’s the Public Hearing schedule — you’ve got a month to get ready:


When you make your public comment, be sure to let Judge Newmark know what you think of all these restrictions.

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