NO? YES! It’s likely to happen, and the Cardinal-Hickory 1/2 of MVP 5 will be coming before the Dubuque City Council soon.
Remember ITC’s 1/2 of MVP 3 (shown above the “3” on map) that it applied for, and which was permitted, last year? Remember ATC and Xcel’s 1/2 of MVP 5 (“shown above the “5” on map) that it applied for, and which was permitted this year? Well now, another piece of that MVP plan, the other 1/2 of MVP 5, the dashed line below “5” above, is gearing up, and is being met with some significant opposition. And also well-funded promotion, with Center for Rural Affairs receiving at least $670,000 since 2010 to promote transmission, including these MVP projects (and they’re not the only one, check out RE-AMP funding!).
According to this article:
Van Milligen concurs with a recommendation by Planning Services Manager Laura Carstens and City Engineer Gus Psihoyos that council members adopt a resolution stating that the filing of a petition by ITC and a formal hearing process would not be in the public interest.
Here’s the Telegraph Herald’s view of the alternate routes proposed and what it would do to Dubuque:
A couple months ago, Alan and I went on a utility intrastructure tour which included the Cassville substation that they might try to use:
Dubuque has put a lot into its waterfront, and pass-through transmission is the last thing they need. Interesting too is the city’s ordinance requiring a 250 foot distance from residences — something every township, city, county and state in the U.S. should adopt.
And here’s an interesting factoid from that Dubuque Telegraph Herald article:
Staff at the Center for Rural Affairs also is following the project. Dyersville, Iowa, was chosen for its new office, the only one in Iowa, because of its proximity to Dubuque and the high-voltage transmission line.
WOW! The lengths they’ll go to in promotion of transmission — what does that office cost in rent, staff, expenses? How much is Center for Rural Affairs getting to do this? Center for Rural Affairs has been getting a lot of transmission specific dough:
The center, one of the nation’s leading rural organizations, is known for its pioneering work to rebuild rural America and reform federal policy. This two-year grant bolsters the center’s efforts to provide a strong rural voice in clean-energy transmission policy and planning for large-scale wind-farm development in the Upper Midwest and Great Plains.
And more, so in three years, $520,000 to support transmission from Kresge Foundation:
And in 2014, McKnight Foundation takes over funding these transmission toadies, with another $150,000, so $670,000 over 4 years:
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