ATC’s Badger-Coulee line is unnecessary

The American Transmission Company (ATC) can’t prove a 345 kilovolt line is needed in the near future between Madison and La Crosse.

It can commission studies, it can hold meetings, it can provide suggested corridors… ATC can do a lot of things, but it can’t empirically prove that adding a 345 kV line, as is proposed in its Badger-Coulee Transmission Line, is necessary.

 Matt Johnson Vernon County Broadcaster July 27, 2011 Full Article Here

CapX2020 project will be discussed Wed July 27 Rochester

Rochester Post Bulletin July 23, 2011

The last major upgrade of the region’s electric transmission infrastructure took place 30 years ago, according to the developers of the CapX2020 power line project.

They aim to correct that with a project that includes three 345 kilovolt power lines, one 239 kV line and various substations and lines. One of those 345 kV lines would run from Hampton through the Rochester area and on to La Crosse.

The route through Olmsted County has raised concerns from many property owners and some public officials, especially in Oronoco Township.

On Wednesday, the Post-Bulletin will host a public meeting on the project, to provide information and give the public a chance to ask questions of people who know the project well. The Post-Bulletin Dialogues event will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rochester Public Library. It’s free and informal, iced tea and cookies will be available, and officials from Xcel Energy, among other interests, will participate. Managing Editor Jay Furst will moderate.

For more details, go to the Furst Draft blog at

CapX2020 project working through environmental impacts

Power Line Truth–Speaks Out!

This week the Wisconsin PSC held meetings about environmental impact of CapX2020 in two remote small towns and failed to involve the largest area that would be impacted: Holmen, WI and Onalaska, WI.

Local residents are getting fired up—and holding the utilities accountable for a costly project that has many unanswered questions. Joe Morse, CETF President voices words of concern about the lack of need for the project.

  Read More about it here… Winona Daily News July 21, 2011