The CapX 2020 project has been a part of my life for over 12 years… and now it’s mostly up and running. So I’ve spent the day digging through the dusty files. What a mess. Boxes and boxes and boxes.
That’s a map from 2007 or so with coal plants ID’d from the MISO queue, some up and running, many not (good!). The north/south line along the MN and ND/SD border is missing. The North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin legs are all permitted too, much constructed. Well played, Xcel.
During the Certificate of Need proceeding, we were not able to address the bulk power transfer aspect of this, because after all, “it terminates in Wisconsin.”
Meanwhile, Xcel Energy’s rate case based on its e21 Initiative whines that the grid is only 55% utilized!
You’re not going to be efficient if you’re reliant on massive transmission lines, DOH! Oh well, we knew all this, and yet here we are, billions of dollars of “wires in the air” and the bills just now arriving. Xcel argued that No CapX 2020 should be excluded:
But CapX 2020’s Minnesota Brookings – Hampton transmission line is part of MISO’s MVP 17 project portfolio! DOH! And the judge apparently missed that Xcel brought up both CapX 2020 cost recovery and MISO MVP cost recovery in their direct testimony!
Oh, but it doesn’t end there…
No CapX 2020 was not allowed to intervene in the rate case and address transmission recovery, after all, the permits have been granted, so WHY DOES NO CAPX EVEN EXIST?!?!? So said the judge:
Remember their shindig on Tuesday:
September 26, 2016
Time? They’re not telling…
Highway 52 and 215th Street (N. of Hwy. 50)
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