Surrebuttal Testimony Filed Today

Filed under:Hampton-Alma-LaCrosse — posted by admin on June 3, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

North Route Group has filed its Surrebuttal Testimony, and there is more, but I’ve not received it yet (why is it I get the notice so much later than others, makes no sense!), so I’ll file that here when I get it.

North Route Group – Surrebuttal Testimony and Exhibits I and J

Oronoco Township – Smith Surrebuttal

Oronoco Township – Broberg Surrebuttal

The truth revealed… it’s all connected

Filed under:BadgerCoulee - Wisconsin,Hampton-Alma-LaCrosse — posted by admin on @ 11:13 am

Yeah, I know, duh, but here we go again, it IS all connected.  ATC now admits that they want to just go east from Alma, who needs LaCrosse, but we knew that…

American Transmission Co. announces second round of open houses for Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project

ATC updates plan for $425 million power line linking Madison, LaCrosse

There’s more info linked here on the Badger – Coulee Transmission site.

So today, I fired off Information Requests for American Transmission Company:

NoCapX and U-CAN Information Requests to ATC 1-9

And of course, they’re scheduling meetings on this when we’re in the evidentiary hearing on the Hampton-“LaCrosse” line, and note, these are ATC sponsored meetings, not official at all, but most useful in gleaning info about their plans, note it starts now at Alma, where CapX plans to cross the Mississippi:

CHECK THIS ATC MAP (similar to the one below)

Compare with the map from an article in the Wisconsin State Journal:


I’ve asked Charlie Higley and Dennis Dums about Citizen Utility Board’s position on this, Charlie’s out of the office, that’s all I’ve heard so far… the quote has a presumption of prior need and questions current need, and it’s that presumption that is ?!?!?!

Here’s the full article from the State Journal:

New ATC transmission line project surges ahead

JUDY NEWMAN | | 608-252-6156

About 40,000 homes and businesses from Middleton to north of La Crosse are getting letters this week from American Transmission Co. telling them a powerful electrical transmission line could be built within 3,000 feet — or about half a mile — and inviting them to public meetings later this month.

Plans for the so-called Badger Coulee line, introduced in 2010, are moving into phase 2. ATC has taken the broad swath from south-central to western Wisconsin and identified dozens of corridors to consider for the project, which will carry 345 kilovolts of electricity over 150 miles and will cost about $425 million.

• In Dane County, the line could run north from the town of Middleton or it could skirt the west edge of Waunakee and go through DeForest’s north side, then head up Highway 12, Interstate 39 or Highway 51.

• It could run along the edge of communities such as Prairie du Sac, Lodi, Poynette, Portage, West Baraboo, Elroy or Viroqua. It also could travel through Reedsburg, Wisconsin Dells or Mauston.

• Richland County will be spared.

The area being studied has been expanded north into Trempealeau and Jackson counties. That’s because the Badger Coulee line might meet up with CapX2020, a 700-mile series of mostly 345-kilovolt lines stretching from the Dakotas. CapX2020 proposes to cross into Wisconsin at Alma, in Buffalo County.

“We could, conceivably, connect with their line. It doesn’t have to be at their end point,” said ATC local relations manager Sarah Justus.


image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace