Great GRE meeting tonight for Tyrone xmsn project!

Filed under:Nuts & Bolts,Upcoming Events — posted by admin on January 27, 2015 @ 9:43 pm

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Tonight Great River Energy held a great meeting on the Tyrone Transmission Project, a “little” 69 kV project along Myrick Street in Le Sueur.  For such a short project, what a turn out — this was towards the end, when I got there, it was standing room only, down the hall, all the way to the door.

What was great about this is the level of understanding the folks have, not the GRE folks of course, but the regular people looking for information about how this project came to be proposed, and what they could do about it.  LOVE IT when that happens!  Questions like:

  • Will penta poles leach into the groundwater (10′ well in area!)?
  • If they want to power the currently non-existent warehouse district, why isn’t substation over there?
  • If this is for Cambria, shouldn’t the substation be on their property?
  • About that underground line serving Cambria, what’s up with that?
  • If they’re wanting to serve Cambria and the warehouse district on the other side, why tap into the existing 69kV so far to the east and then run all that way back west, isn’t there a better way to do it?

There should be a good article about this in the Le Sueur News-Herald tomorrow or Thursday.

Here’s what they think they want to do:

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Here’s the Notice blurb they sent out:

Tyrone Transmission Upgrade — pdoc749712

And the GRE Tyrone Transmission Project page!

Next stop, Le Sueur County Zoning & Planning for the first step towards a Conditional Use Permit.  Are we having fun yet?

Remember Myrick Street??? Here we go again!

Filed under:Upcoming Events — posted by admin on January 25, 2015 @ 3:52 pm

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This is a new transmission line proposed by Great River Energy in the Myrick area, just up the hill from the Minnesota River in Le Sueur. Great River Energy is holding an open house on Tuesday!

Great River Energy Open House

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

at the

Le Sueur Library

118 Ferry Street

Le Sueur, Minnesota

Here’s the Notice blurb they sent out:

Tyrone Transmission Upgrade — pdoc749712

And the GRE Tyrone Transmission Project page!

What they’re not mentioning is that this project will require approval by the County, and that application is expected to be filed some time after the Open House.  So mark your calendars, and keep an eye out!

Le Sueur County Planning and Zoning page

Le Sueur County Planning Commission

Le Sueur County Commissioners

And let’s wax nostalgic for a bit… remember that old, rejected, Myrick CapX 2020 proposal?  Here it is below, an addition DURING THE HEARING, long after the opportunity to add new route options had been closed.  It was added after Xcel finally got the word that the DOT would not allow them to ram through their Le Sueur Scenic Easements.  We’re on some familiar territory here:

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Here’s an article about this Tyrone line in the Le Sueur News-Herald:

Open house on proposed electric transmission line near Le Sueur planned

Posted: Saturday, January 10, 2015 12:42 pm | Updated: 1:52 pm, Mon Jan 12, 2015.

ITC Midwest at PUC 1/29

Filed under:ITC MN & IA 345 kV,Upcoming Events — posted by admin on January 22, 2015 @ 4:15 pm

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Remember this map?  The ITC Midwest MN/IA  line is the ITC Midwest part of MISO’s “MVP 3” which on the above map is the red part.  The other part of MISO’s “MVP 3” is to be built and owned by Warren Buffet’s Mid-American Energy, and that’s the green line above.  MISO’s MVP 3 is one of those touted and promoted by our “friends” at Center for Rural Affairs (oh, what people will do for money!)  The tan/orange and blue are what’s known as MISO’s “MVP 4.”  And yes, it’s all connected, moving east to MISO’s MVP 5, the northern part of which is Badger Coulee, from La Crosse to Madison, and the southern part of which is the Cardinal-Hickory Creek (Spring Green?) that runs from MVP 4 to Madison.

The biggest thing at issue here is whether ITC Midwest is a “public service corporation” in the state of Minnesota.  That designation gives it special status, specifically, the door to use of eminent domain, to condemn land for the transmission line.

The second most important issue in his case is the Minnesota assessment for the 17-20 MISO MVP Projects, not just this one little piece of MVP 3.  That assessment is in a MISO tariff that was “approved” by FERC:

Exhibit B_Schedule 26A Indicative Annual Charges_02262014

Here’s the PUC Order for Certificate of Need and for the Route Permit, where they’re ducking the major issues:

Order_Certificate of Need_201411-104931-01

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PUC Staff Briefing Papers have been filed:

Staff Briefing Papers – Motion For Reconsideration_20151-106480-01

Here are the Motions for Reconsideration that were filed:

No CapX 2020 Motion for Reconsideration – Certificate of Need

Jagodozinski_Reconsideration – Route

Responses of Applicant and Commerce DER in Certificate of Need docket (12-1053):

Reconsideration_CoN_Applicant’s Reply_201412-105705-01

Commerce DER Response_201412-105704-01

Response of Applicant in Routing Docket (13-1337):

Reconsideration_Route_Reply_201412-105706-01

 

Badger Coulee Xmsn Hearing – WEBCAST

Filed under:BadgerCoulee - Wisconsin,Wisconsin — posted by admin on January 8, 2015 @ 6:17 am

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Starting at 9:30, CLICK HERE FOR WEBCAST of the Badger Coulee transmission project technical hearing at the Wisconsin PSC.  It started Tuesday, apologies for not getting this posted earlier, had a pipeline hearing in District Court Tuesday and have been pre-occupied… but hey, I’m paying attention now!  You can too.  Check out out, it’s interesting stuff.

This is the northern half of MISO’s MVP 5, Badger Coulee is the blue line above  “5” and the other half of MVP 5 is below “5” and you can see how it’s all connected, connected to CapX 2020 at La Crosse, and connected to MVP 3 and 4 coming across from Iowa and Minnesota, completion of the CapX 2020 link from the mine-mouth coal plants in the Dakotas to the Madison 345 kV ring and points east.

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image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace