Yup, the southern part of MVP 5 through Iowa and Wisconsin is in the news today:
A while back, the City of Dubuque stood up for its residents and viewshed and all its economic development along the riverfront and said NO to MVP 5 through their riverfront!
From No CapX 2020:
ATC has been gearing up in Wisconsin:
… and from the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, City staff weighed in against MVP 5:
And then, yes, indeed, in June they DID vote NO, unanimously, 7-0. Here’s the full story, short and very clear:
ITC Midwest has proposed building a 125-mile transmission line from the Madison, Wis.-area to Dubuque County. The Cardinal-Hickory Creek Project would connect American Transmission Company’s Cardinal Substation in Middleton (Wis.) Township to ITC Midwest’s Hickory Creek Substation, east of New Vienna in Dubuque County.
In today’s Telegraph Herald, it’s up for discussion again:
Here’s something of note — if they’re shutting down these coal plants, that frees up a lot of room on the grid — so why add more transmission?
Stead said the bigger concern is the lost revenue Grant County will see in 2016 with the closure of DTE Energy’s Stoneman Station biomass plant and Cassville’s Nelson Dewey Generating Station, a coal-burning plant operated by Alliant Energy. Both are slated to close by the end of the year.
There’s a bizarre proposal afoot, to utilize existing structures build for a much smaller line:
WHAT?!?! In every other proceeding where people have asked why they don’t do such a thing, because sometimes it seems to make sense, we’ve been told it can’t be done, the older and smaller structures can’t handle the load. And now it would work? $50 says no…
And a choice snippet:
The sites were chosen because of existing infrastructure on the river — transmission lines, bridges and locks and dams — which would enable the developer to reduce environmental impacts from the line, said ITC spokesman Tom Petersen.
He noted the company is in the early stages of exploring its options for crossing the river, and is working with elected officials, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Center for Rural Affairs in Dyersville, Iowa, to determine which option will have the fewest impacts.
What? Our “good friends” at Center for Rural Affairs are weighing in, as if they’re important, and it’s not disclosed that they’re transmission toadies:
And it should be disclosed, all the money that they’ve been paid via RE-AMP and otherwise should be disclosed!
A while back, Alan and I went on an infrastructure tour, and here’s a photo of the Cassville plant on the eastern short of the Mississippi, one of the ones slated to close:
And below are the economic development investments that the City of Dubuque is trying to protect. From traveldubuque.com:
It’s one of those times I wish my engineer, Art Hughes, E.E. Ph.D., was still around — he died not far from Dubuque, in Peosta, and just one week after he was photographed making comments before the Iowa Utilities Board on an ITC transmission line proposed in the area — a transmission line that provides the link between MISO MVP 4 and MVP 5 in Iowa:
Look at this map. The line that Art’s objecting to here is the solid line connector of 345 kV, the piece between the heavier dashed lines of MISO MVP 4 at Hazelton in Buchanan County and the Salem substation in Dubuque County where MIS MVP 5 picks up. And I know what he’d think about this MISO MVP Portfolio of 17 projects and this MVP 5… oh well…
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