Now that the evidentiary hearings and the public comment period are over, we move to the next step, in which our attorney, Paula Maccabee, prepares a written brief, including proposed findings of fact, to make our case for the judge. This brief is needed to make our case from the thousands of pages of testimony and exhibits. The utilities will pick and choose what they think helps them, and without a brief and findings, we have virtually no chance to have our view of the case accepted by the judge.
Here’s the gist of it:
- Just say NO to the La Crosse line. It isn’t needed for renewable energy or for community reliability and would negatively impact the environment, particularly at the Mississippi River crossing.
- Allow the Brookings line to be built only if there are conditions requiring it be used for wind, not fossil fuel.
- Require the utilities to commit to Minnesota community based wind, not just large corporate wind projects.
- Support conservation and renewable energy, rather than the current plan for the Fargo line which focuses on bulk power exports from North Dakota and could encourage more coal production
- Minnesota has laws requiring 1.5% energy savings, renewable energy standards and prevention of increases in global warming emissions, and the CapX projects as proposed by the utilities do are not consistent with these requirements.
It costs money to make the case in a properly technical and complete manner such that it has a serious impact on the outcome. This is your chance to make a real difference for a sustainable energy future! Please help pay for this effort; please donate now.