MPR on CapX2020 opposition

Minnesota Public Radio is running a brief story today saying that the CapX2020 “proposed power lines divide environmental groups”.  The focus is on those who support the line but want it tied to guaranteed buys of wind power.  The story also mentions that some people oppose the lines.  CETF is not mentioned, but Dr. Arne Kildegaard is quoted briefly on the utilities’ failure to explore other ways to meet Minnesota’s electrical power needs.  The upshot:

“The people in the position to do the best analysis have willfully let us down.”
– Arne Kildegaard

CETF’s Opposition to CapX2020: National News

The Associated Press has just run the St. Paul Pioneer Press’ recent story about the growing opposition, by CETF and others, to the CapX2020 powerline project being pushed by Excel Energy, Great River Energy, Dairyland, et al.  That’s right, this is now a national story, already picked up by several news outlets including the Chicago Tribune.  Here is a copy of the article in case it expires from the Chicago Tribune site.

Proposed power line has generated lots of heated opposition

That’s the headline in yesterday’s La Crosse Tribune. Here’s an excerpt, quoting Citizens Energy Task Force attorney Paula Maccabee.

“The utilities have been stacking the deck to make it look like this project is needed,” Maccabee said, “but once you get behind the data, you see how it’s not true.”

If the Twin Cities-Rochester-La Crosse line were not built, she said, power company officials have testified that enhancements to the current transmission lines would not be needed until 2026 or 2028 in Rochester.

“And that’s without studying the conservation aspects,” Maccabee said. “The benefits are not clear and certainly have been exaggerated, and the harms are unavoidable.”

Minnesota State Rep Ken Tschumper also made some good points.

“If we go to more renewables, we don’t need this expensive high-voltage system,” Minnesota state Rep. Ken Tschumper, DFL-La Crescent, said during a forum he organized July 31 at La Crescent’s American Legion for those concerned with CapX2020.

“Renewable systems can feed into the grid as well,” he said.

It’s also the law, Tschumper said, as Minnesota passed a renewable energy standard in 2007 mandating 25 percent of all electricity used in the state be generated from renewable energy sources by 2025.

Renewables are a very important part of meeting future resource needs, Xcel spokesman Brian Elwood said, but the company still needs sufficient transmission lines in order to get the resources to the customers.

Eleven percent of Xcel’s electricity now is generated from renewable sources, Elwood said, and by 2025 Xcel expects 25 percent to 30 percent of its electricity will come from wind energy, along with other renewable resources such as biomass, hydropower, and burning garbage and wastewood.

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