PUC Thursday – CapX Alma route Task Forces

Filed under:Hampton-Alma-LaCrosse — posted by admin on March 9, 2010 @ 11:13 am


Now’s the time to request Citizen Advisory Task Forces for the CapX 2020 line from Hampton to Alma (f/k/a LaCrosse line).

The PUC has asked the Dept. of Commerce to come back with a plan, though there’s no order posted about it yet. HERE IT IS, they just put it up now, afternoon of 3/9 (note it is SILENT about joint environmental review with RUS):

PUC Order March 9, 2010

It is on the PUC agenda for Thursday, March 11, 2010, and you can watch by CLICKING HERE and look for little navy blue button that says “Watch Webcast” and it’s live starting ~ 9:30 a.m., and here’s the agenda item, dead last:



Xcel Energy
In the Matter of the Route Permit Application for the CapX2020 Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse High Voltage Transmission Lines in Dakota, Goodhue, Olmsted and Wabasha Counties.

Should the Commission establish an Advisory Task Force structure and charge? (PUC: DeBleeckere, OES EFP: Langan)

Soon “briefing papers” should be posted, you’ll find a link by clicking on AGENDA HERE and scrolling down… but maybe it won’t appear until after the meeting?!?!? Nope, those are now linked the afternoon of 3/9 too!  A peek at the PUC docket shows that this is MOES’ plan:

Task Force – Staff Comments & Recommendation

What does MOES recommend — surprise, surprise… ONE Task Force for the length of the line, option “A-1.”

I’ve fired off this Motion right now… and YOU FIRE ONE OFF TOO!  (emails below)

AMENDED – NoCapX & U-CAN Motion for CATF & Joint EIS

NoCapX & U-CAN Motion for CATF & Joint Environmental Review


Send in a request for a Citizen Advisory Task Force NOW.  From the looks of the route proposed, and from the people who have contacted me on this, I think there should be one for the northern part, Hampton-Cannon Falls area, another for the corner, the Pine Island/Rochester, and one for the River Crossing.

Send request to both:


burl.haar@state.mn.us (and they’ll file it on PUC site)

image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace