Brookings – NoCapX & U-CAN file Exceptions to ALJ’s Recommendation

Filed under:Brookings Routing Docket — posted by admin on January 6, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

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Today NoCapX 2020 and United Citizens Action Network filed Exceptions to ALJ Richard Luis’ Recommendation/Non-Recommendation filed on December 22, 2010.

Exceptions to Recommendation – Brookings Remand

Brookings line moves forward in South Dakota

Filed under:Brookings Routing Docket,Upcoming Events — posted by admin on @ 5:59 pm

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Catching up here.  In November, CapX 2020 utilities filed their South Dakota permit application for the Brookings – Hampton transmission line:

CapX 2020 South Dakota application for Brookings-Hampton line

Does anyone remember the SDEIA study where they noted that there’s no market, and if they wanted to build transmission, well… WHY?

SDEIA Energy Study

And there’s a meeting about that part of the Brookings line TONIGHT!!!  The intervention deadline is January 24, 2011.

Notice of Public Hearing

Here’s from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader newspaper:

Hearing tonight to discuss line for wind farms in Brookings County

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission will hold a hearing in Brookings tonight on a transmission line that would move power from wind farms in Brookings County to the Twin Cities.

Xcel Energy, representing the CapX2020 initiative – a group of 11 utilities proposing grid upgrades throughout the region – will make the pitch for the 10.6-mile, 345-kilovolt line.

The hearing is at 6:30 p.m. at the Swiftel Center, 824 32nd Ave., in Daktronics Banquet Room A.

Application for Wisconsin CapX part 1 filed

Filed under:Hampton-Alma-LaCrosse — posted by admin on @ 9:39 am

Hearing Ex. 13, Big Picture Map

And the fun spreads to another state — CapX 2020 has made its first Wisconsin application, for the WI part of the Hampton to LaCrosse transmission line.  After that comes the “Badger-Coulee” line…

CapX 2020 Wisconsin Application – Hampton-LaCrosse

Note that last part about a “similar environmental impact statement for the Minnesota portion is expected to be complete this month.” No mention of the USDA-RUS Environmental Impact Statement!  Here’s the USDA’s RUS link for the CapX 2020 Hampton-Rochester-LaCrosse 345kV Transmission Line Proposal

The application can be found on the Wisconsin PSC’s site. CLICK HERE FOR PSC DOCKET PAGE- – SEARCH FOR DOCKET 5-CE-136.

For the most part, they seem to be basing the application, and “need” on old data.  The updates are… well, read them yourself.  A very interesting study for those of us who were in the Minnesota Certificate of Need proceeding:

TSSR Appendix B p 218 – 2009 Update to 2006 Roch LaX Study

And answers to “informal discovery” from PSC Staff, note reliance on 2007 testimony in Minnesota!

(file is too big — here’s the link!)

And here’s the scoop in the paper:

Proposal would send high-voltage lines through Buffalo, Trempealeau counties

An application filed Wednesday proposes at least 40 miles of new high-voltage transmission lines that would run through Buffalo and Trempealeau counties, including potential routes through Cochrane, Galesville and Arcadia.

A permit application filed by CapX2020 shows three route options for 345-kilovolt lines that would run from Alma to La Crosse, Wis.

A 43-mile route that follows Highway 35 through Cochrane before routing east of the highway before Fountain City, running north of Trempealeau and down to Onalaska.

A 48-mile route that follows Highway 35 through Cochrane before routing east of the highway before Fountain City, then heading to Galesville before running to Onalaska.

A 55-mile route that runs south of Waumandee to near Arcadia, then runs south until it veers east into Galesville before heading to Onalaska.

All three routes would then hook into a substation that would be built in the town of Onalaska, the application states. The documents filed with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin relate to the Wisconsin portion of a proposed 120- to 145-mile line that would stretch from Hampton, Minn., to La Crosse.

Officials with CapX2020, an energy-company consortium, say the $450 million project will ensure the areas along the line have access to reliable, affordable electricity.

But portions of the plans, which could possibly affect more than 1,000 landowners in the two states, have received opposition on both sides of the river. Two groups have filed several court motions in objection to proposed CapX2020 routes in Minnesota, but have been unsuccessful so far. And both the Mississippi River Parkway Commission and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation have submitted letters objecting to any new voltage lines along Hwy. 35, which is part of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.

“Simply stated, the GRRNSB is viewed as a destination unto itself, and it makes no sense to have any measurable gap in the route,” a letter from WisDOT states. “Wisconsin, along with other states and members of this multi-state scenic byway, promote the entire route to tourists.”

A final route for the Wisconsin portion of the line will not be determined for at least a year, documents state. Under that timeline, right-of-way acquisition would start in July 2012, construction in 2013 and the lines would be put in service in December 2015, according to the application.

CapX2020’s submission Wednesday of the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity application simply starts the process, company officials said. If the application is deemed complete, the public review process will begin, and an environmental review and impact statement will also be completed.

A similar environmental impact statement for the Minnesota portion of the project is expected to be complete this month, officials have said.



image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace