CapX in news… Alexandria

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by admin on April 24, 2009 @ 7:52 am

Here’s another report of the Public Utilities Commission’s dreadful decision, from the Alexandria Echo, and there’s a COMMENT SECTION:


Map courtesy of CapX2020 The green lines show potential route alternatives for a new power line within the project’s corridor. Areas outside of the highlighted areas, however, may still be considered in the final routing. A route line permit application is expected to be filed this summer.

Power line plan gets green light

Alexandria Echo Press
Published Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Thursday gave CapX2020 utilities a green light to construct three 345-kilovolt electric transmission lines in Minnesota – including one that goes through Douglas County.

The utilities still need permits for the routes, however, and the exact path of the routes has not been determined.

According to CapX2020 leaders, Thursday’s decision confirms the need for a major upgrade of the region’s transmission system to meet customers’ growing demand for electricity and to increase access to new resources, including renewable energy in southern and western Minnesota and in North Dakota and South Dakota.

“The planning and regulatory review for high-voltage transmission lines is detailed, extensive and comprehensive,” said Laura McCarten of Xcel Energy, a CapX2020 co-leader. “The commission’s decision affirms the need for new infrastructure that will serve Minnesota customers with affordable, reliable electricity for years to come.”

The projects’ “certificate of need” application was filed in August 2007, starting a state review process that culminated in Thursday’s decision.

image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace