CapX 2020 North Dakota in the news

Filed under:Bemidji-Grand Rapids,Brookings Routing Docket,Cost Recovery,Fargo-St Cloud,Hampton-Alma-LaCrosse — posted by admin on October 7, 2010 @ 10:45 am

There was a very strange report from North Dakota – somewhere on the CapX 2020 Fargo-St. Cloud road show last week, they were asked about the permitting status of that line in North Dakota, and we got some blather that wasn’t very specific.  And look what pops up yesterday,  North Dakota “endorsing” transmission projects “in neighboring states.”  EH?  SAY WHAT?

I’ve put in a call to the ND PSC to get some primary documentation, will update if anything turns up.

Found the docket on line – it’s a request for an “Advance Determination of Prudence” and the filings are here:

NORTH DAKOTA CAPX 2020 ADVANCE DETERMINATION OF PRUDENCE FILINGS

The article, in full below, covers actions of the PUC on Wednesday, and so must be based on their meeting yesterday, which is online:

AGENDA MEETING OCTOBER 6, 2010 – AUDIO

ADMIN MEETING – OCTOBER 6, 2010

In the meantime, you can check out their August 4, 2010 Worksession where CapX was discussed.

AUDIO OF WORK SESSION – AUGUST 4, 2010

It’s worth some time to hear their discussion of the Brookings line.

THEY CONFIRM THAT MISO WAS DISCUSSING THE EXCESS OF POWER, THAT THERE’S “25% MORE POWER IN THE GRID THAN THEY NEED.”

Here’s the news article that popped up today:

Oct 6, 10:43 PM EDT


ND regulators endorse power line improvements

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota utility regulators on Wednesday endorsed three power line transmission projects in neighboring states that they said should provide safeguards against blackouts on the region’s electric grid.

Agreements with Xcel Energy Inc. and Otter Tail Power Co. also should help North Dakota ratepayers avoid paying the projects’ development bills right away if they are never constructed, members of North Dakota’s Public Service Commission said. Regulators said they were confident the power lines will be built.

Xcel, which is based in Minneapolis, and Otter Tail, of Fergus Falls, Minn., asked the North Dakota PSC to review the transmission line projects and determine whether they were a prudent investment. The review will make it easier for the two utilities to win regulators’ future approval of electric rate increases to pay for them.

The commissioners endorsed a new, 250-mile transmission line from Fargo to Monticello, Minn., northwest of Minneapolis; a 68-mile line between Bemidji, Minn., and Grand Rapids, Minn.; and a 150-mile line between Minneapolis-St. Paul and La Crosse, Wis.

Separately, they gave preliminary approval of a 200-mile line from eastern South Dakota to an area near Hampton, Minn., south of Minneapolis.
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