Residents protest proposed power lines in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Opponents of a proposed power line project slated to pass through La Crosse County held a demonstration outside the county board meeting Thursday night. The power lines, dubbed as the Badger Coulee Line, would provide power from North Dakota and would pass through Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The Citizens Energy Task Force gathered outside the La Crosse County Administrative Building holding a long string of petitions signed by 550 local residents. They want the board to oppose the power lines or at least delay a vote on approval or opposition to the project.

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CapX2020 power line project gets federal fast-track

The White House announced plans Wednesday to speed up federal approval of a controversial high voltage power line planned for the area.

The CapX2020 line, which will connect power stations in Hampton, Minn., Rochester and La Crosse, was one of seven projects tagged by the Obama administration as key for creating jobs while modernizing the nation’s electric system.

“To compete in the global economy, we need a modern electricity grid,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a statement. “An upgraded electricity grid will give consumers choices while promoting energy savings, increasing energy efficiency and fostering the growth of renewable energy resources.”

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CETF Members speak out

CETF Members speak out as resolution is presented to Planning, Resource Development committee of La Crosse County. (Previously approved by Sustainable La Crosse Commission). The committee asked for more information before approving the resolution- which will be reviewed at a later date, then on to the full county board of supervisors for approval.