Xcel Energy demand down, down, down!

Filed under:Laws & Rules,News coverage,Nuts & Bolts,PUC Docket,Reports - Documents — posted by admin on September 28, 2014 @ 9:21 am

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I’ve been saying this for so many years, that electric demand is down, down, down, and instead, Xcel Energy (and all the others) have been saying it’s going UP, UP, UP (even though Mikey Bull said years ago that they wouldn’t need power for a while), and they’re applying for and getting Certificates of Need for all these permits for utility infrastructure that are obviously designed to market and sell the surplus, and the Public Utilities pretends to be oblivious (I say “pretends” because I cannot believe they’re that unaware and uninformed.).

This is a must read:

Xcel Compliance Filing_CN-13-606_20149-103251-02

Here’s the short version from Xcel:

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2024 is expected to be about what it was back in 2007, the industry peak year.  DOH!  But note this — there’s a “small capacity surplus in 2016.”  DOH!

 

And given the surplus which we’ve known has been present and looming larger, that’s why they then ask for withdrawal of the Certificate of Need for the Prairie Island uprate because it isn’t needed (and really, that was just what, 80 MW or so?  Or 80 MW x 2 reactors, 160 MW?).  If they don’t need that small uprate, why on earth would they need so much more?

DOH!

But what do I know…

Hollydale Transmission Line was clearly not needed, and they withdrew that application…

CapX 2020 transmission was based on a 2.49% annual increase in demand, and for Hampton-La Crosse in part supposedly based on Rochester and La Crosse demand numbers, yeah right, we know better, but that was their party line.  Again, DOH, it didn’t add up to needing a big honkin’ 345 kV transmission line stretching from the coal plants in the Dakotas to Madison and further east, but who cares, let’s just build it…

ITC MN/IA 345 kV line — the state said the 161 kV should be sufficient to address transmission deficiencies in the area, but noooooo, DOH, that wouldn’t address the “need” for bulk power transfer (the real desire for the line).

Here’s a bigger picture of the bottom line (I’m accepting this as a more accurate depiction, not necessarily the TRUTH, but close enough for electricity), keeping in mind that these are PROJECTIONS, and that they’re adding a “Coincident Peak adjustment” which should be included in the “peak” calculations):

Xcel Resource Need Assessment 2014

Notice the only slight reduction in coal capacity, just 19 MW, nuclear stays the same, a 320 MW decrease in gas, a 128 MW reduction in Wind, Hydro, Biomass, which I hope includes garbage burners and the Benson turkey shit plant , slight increase in solar of 18 MW, and Load Management also a slight increase of only 80 MW.  This is Xcel Energy with its business as usual plan, which has to go.  We can do it different, and now is the time.

Will someone explain why we paid so much to uprate Monticello, and paid to rebuild Sherco 3?

DOH!

From the archives:

500+ give LS Power a piece of their mind

October 20th, 2009

2012 NERC Long Term Reliability Assessment

May 7th, 2013

PJM Demand is DOWN!

November 15th, 2012

Tomorrow — last Rulemaking Advisory Committee Mtg.

Filed under:Laws & Rules — posted by admin on September 23, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

Tomorrow is the last PUC Rulemaking Advisory Committee meeting.

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Public Utilities Commission

121 – 7th Place East, Lower Level Meeting Room

St. Paul, MN

For the docket, go to PUC’s “SEARCH DOCKETS” and search for 12-1246.

Here are the No CapX 2020 and United Citizen Action Network comments filed earlier today (whew, busy day today!)

7849_7850_Comments_NoCapX_UCAN

And the North Route Group:

North Route Group 9.24.14

And from Marie McNamara, Goodhue Wind Truth:

Sept 23 2014 Rule 7850 Comment_Marie McNamara

Also heard from, Deb Pile, Dept. of Commerce:

Pile comments on September 2014 draft of revision to Chapters 7849 and 7850

Exceptions to ALJ Recommendation — ITC Midwest’s 1/2 of MVP 3

Filed under:ITC MN & IA 345 kV,PUC Docket — posted by admin on @ 2:07 pm

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See that pink highlighted transmission line?  That’s the ITC Midwest part of MISO MVP 3, and Exceptions to the ALJ’s Recommendation are due at 4:30 p.m. today.  Look, made it under the wire by 30 minutes!!!

Here’s the ALJ’s Recommendation, for your reading displeasure:

Recommendation_20149-102930-01

And here are the DNR Comments and Exceptions filed after I’d posted the others:

DNR Comments_20149-103238-02

DNR Exceptions_0149-103238-01

DNR

And here are the rest posted earlier:

No-CapX-2020-Exceptions-to-ALJ-Recommendation

DOC DER Exceptions_20149-103215-01

ITC Midwest Exceptions_20149-103220-02

A major issue with that Recommendation is that it’s a cut and paste of ITC Midwest’s dream, it’s wish list, and what a wish list it was.  ITC Midwest got exactly what it wanted, so is it any surprise they’d file this letter today — oh, please…

Exceptions

PUC CoN & Siting/Routing FINAL Rulemaking meeting

Filed under:ITC MN & IA 345 kV,Laws & Rules,Nuts & Bolts,PUC Docket — posted by admin on September 17, 2014 @ 12:34 pm

DraftIt’s final… that is, the FINAL meeting notice was just issued, one more go round on these draft rules for Certificate of Need (Minn. R. Ch. 7849) and Power Plant Siting Act (siting and routing of utility infrastructure) (Minn. R. Ch. 7850).

We’ve been at this for about a year and a half, maybe more, and to some extent we’re going round and round and round.

Here are the September 2014 drafts, hot off the press:

September Draft 7849

September Draft 7850

Send your comments, meaning SPECIFIC comments, not “THIS SUCKS” but comments on the order of “because of _______, proposed language for 7950.xxxx should be amended to say_______.”  It’s a bit of work, but it’s important, for instance, the Advisory Task Force parts are important because we were just before the PUC on this last week, trying to reinforce that Task Force’s are necessary, despite Commerce efforts to eliminate and/or neuter them.  That despite ALJ orders otherwise, the Final EIS should be in the record BEFORE the Public Hearings and Evidentiary Hearings (just lost a Motion to require this last month).

How can you comment?  The best way is to fire off an email to the Commission’s staff person leading this group:

kate.kahlert@state.mn.us

If you’re up to it, sign up on the PUC’s eDockets, and file your Comment in Docket 12-1246.  If you’d like your comment filed there, and can’t figure it out, please send it to me and I’ll file it for you.  It’s important that these comments be made in a way that the Commission will SEE, in a way that they cannot ignore, when this comes up before them.

This is what CapX 2020 looks like

Filed under:Hampton-Alma-LaCrosse,PUC Docket — posted by admin on September 10, 2014 @ 10:26 am

Today, I’ve received the Compliance filing for the CapX 2020 Hampton-La Crosse transmission line (PUC Docket 09-1448).

September Compliance_20149-102954-01

This is your land… this is what your land looks like with transmission… Any questions?

Before (note there’s a lattice structure or two in the background, this is “before” of an existing RoW):

SeptemberCompliance_20149-102954-01_BeforeDuring:

SeptemberCompliance_20149-102954-01_During

SeptemberCompliance_20149-102954-01_MoreGreenfieldXmsn

More “during” in another location:
SeptemberCompliance_20149-102954-01_MoreDuring

SeptemberCompliance_20149-102954-01_GreenfieldXmsn

SeptemberCompliance_20149-102954-01_AndMoreGreenfieldXmsn_84

SeptemberCompliance_20149-102954-01_Distance

ALJ’s Recommendation just received

Filed under:ITC MN & IA 345 kV — posted by admin on September 8, 2014 @ 2:15 pm

ITC MVP Study 3

Remember, this is about the Minnesota portion of the red line in the map above.

This Recommendation just in is for both Certificate of Need (PUC Docket 12-1053) and Routing (12-1337).

ALJ’s Recommendation_20149-102930-01

Haven’t read it yet — getting it out to you all first!

 

Helpful and useful information? Please donate!

Filed under:ITC MN & IA 345 kV — posted by admin on September 7, 2014 @ 11:12 am

Cash-Register

Donate!!!  Yes, you!!   See that “PayPal” button up to the right?  Join the challenge to transmission that they don’t need and we don’t want!  No CapX 2020 has Intervened in the ITC Midwest MN/IA Certificate of Need, a public interest intervention focused on showing up to weigh in on the big picture issues (Important note, No CapX 2020 is aiding public participation, but not taking a position on route.).

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ITC Midwest – ALJ’s Recommendation due tomorrow!

Filed under:ITC MN & IA 345 kV,Uncategorized — posted by admin on @ 10:23 am

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Monday, September 8, 2014, the ALJ’s Recommendation on the ITC Midwest MN/IA Transmission line is due — for the Certificate of Need and the Routing dockets.

To see the full docket, go to the PUC SEARCH PAGE and search for dockets 12-1053 (CoN) and 12-1337 (Routing).

Then, after the ALJ’s Recommendation is out, we’ve got until September 23rd (15 days) to file exceptions to the ALJ’s Recommendation.  I can’t copy the rule because the state’s site is down (for updating, I presume), so here’s a cut and paste of the explanation from a prior decision:

ExceptionsThis is important because it’s the opportunity for not just parties, but for “any party adversely affected” to address the specific parts of the ALJ’s Recommendation that are a problem.

No CapX 2020 will be filing Exceptions.

Questions?  Let me know!

 

 

 

Withdrawal of Counsel – ITC Midwest MN/IA Xmsn Project

Filed under:ITC MN & IA 345 kV — posted by admin on September 2, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

Housekeeping again today — I’ve just filed my Withdrawal of Counsel for Citizens Energy Task Force in the ITC Midwest MN/IA Transmission Project docket at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission:

CETF – Withdrawal of Counsel

I’m still counsel of record for No CapX 2020 in this docket.

The ALJ’s Recommendation is due next Monday, September 8, and Exceptions are due Tuesday, September 23.

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CapX 2020 marching towards the Mississippi

Filed under:Hampton-Alma-LaCrosse,Uncategorized,Wisconsin — posted by admin on @ 7:36 am

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Yesterday we went off for a picnic at Alma’s Buena Vista Park, with the beautiful “Buena Vista” overlook, a new picnic table right near the edge of the lookout, the buena vista over… well… over the new CapX 2020 line and the Alma John P. Madgett coal plant owned by Dairyland Power Cooperative.  CapX transmission has made it to the edge of the Mississippi, and no further.

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What can I say… Little Sadie took one look, squatted, and promptly left her editorial and aesthetic opinion.

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Here’s the uncropped view:

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And from the other way, looking towards Alma:

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image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace