CapX2020: Wisconsin PSC questions need

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission continues to question the need for a proposed high-voltage power line between Alma and Holmen, but the utilities behind the project say demand is there for more energy.

The PSC on Thursday released a final environmental assessment of the Wisconsin leg of CapX2020, incorporating comments from the public, state and federal agencies and the utilities.

The 345-kilovolt line would run along one of nine proposed routes through Buffalo, Trempealeau and La Crosse counties, ending at a substation to be built southwest of Holmen.

It’s part of a multi-utility plan to connect the Minnesota cities of Hampton and Rochester to La Crosse, which in turn is one of four regional projects of CapX2020, a consortium of utilities in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and Wisconsin including Xcel Energy and La Crosse-based Dairyland Power Cooperative.

by Chris Hubbuch, Winona Daily News, February 3rd, 2012 Click for details