ATC Eliminates Options of Power Line Route

The Kickapoo Valley –one of the state’s most scenic regions — is no longer under consideration for a high-voltage transmission line through the Coulee Region.

American Transmission Co. on Tuesday unveiled preliminary route alternatives for the proposed 345-kilovolt Badger Coulee line that would connect the Madison area with CapX2020, another proposed high-voltage line from the Twin Cities.

Several Vernon County routes are now considered inactive.
Five primary routes remain under consideration: two travel through the Holmen/Onalaska area, traversing La Crosse and Monroe counties; three run through Trempealeau and Jackson counties.

by Chris Hubbuch, Winona Daily News, March 28, 2012 click here for details

ATC Announces Round of Open Houses for Badger Coulee Line

MADISON, Wis. – American Transmission Co. is continuing a multi-year public outreach process for the proposed Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project with the third in a series of public open houses presenting preliminary routes for the proposed 150- to 170-mile, 345-kilovolt line from north of the La Crosse area to northern Dane County. Approximately 9,000 potentially affected landowners, public officials and other stakeholders will receive invitations in the mail this week.  

“The open house format allows people the flexibility to drop in at any time and discuss the project,” said Justus. “There will be representatives from a variety of areas, including transmission planning, engineering, real estate, environmental and construction.” The public is invited to attend any of the following open houses:

April 17, Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center, Onalaska
April 18, Ettrick Elementary School, Ettrick
April 19, Three Bears Lodge, Warrens
April 24, Waunakee Village Center, Waunakee
April 25, Wintergreen Resort & Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells
April 26, Norwalk Community Center, Norwalk

Open houses at all locations run from 1 to 7 p.m.

WMTV news March 27, 2012 click here for details

Opponents of CapX2020 power line project hand-deliver petition

 CENTERVILLE, Wis. — More people had a chance to speak out Wednesday night against a controversial proposed power line project.
The CapX2020 project would build 150 miles of power lines between Wisconsin and Minnesota.

In Centerville Wednesday, people had two chances to share their opinions on the project that has been in the works since 2007. It was the fourth public meeting in the past two days. 

WKBT News8000 click for details

Energetic debate

CENTERVILLE, Wis. — Richard Daffinson is running out of time.

The Holmen, Wis., resident is sitting on what he describes as a generous offer from a private entity looking to buy his 80-acre farm, but is hesitant to finalize a deal. Before he sells the land that’s been in his family for years, he wants to know whether or not to expect three high voltage power line poles, part of the proposed Capx2020 power line project, to be installed on his property.

“It’s amazing what they can come in and do,” Daffinson said.

Daffinson was one of about 50 people who spoke at a packed public hearing Wednesday on the Wisconsin portion of the CapX2020 project. The hearing, held by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, was one of four held this week in Wisconsin and marked the last chance for residents to have their say on the project before the commission decides on a final route in June.

Members of the Citizens Energy Task Force, a group that opposes the project, said they plan to request an additional public hearing. The commission’s attorney Cynthia Smith said it was unlikely to happen.

Mary Juhl, Winona Daily News March 15,2012 click for details

CapX2020: Public Hearings In Centerville

CENTERVILLE,WI(WXOW)–Northern States Power Company-Wisconsin, Dairyland Power Cooperative and WPPI Energy asked the Wisconsin Public Service Commission or PSC to approve the high voltage power line known as CapX2020.

“The applicant comes in and proposes a number of routes, during the review process other interested parties may have suggested some route alternatives,” says PSC’s Spokesperson, Cynthia Smith.

Before the route where the power line will run is chosen, the PSC must decide whether or not the proposed power line is even needed.

Public concern will play a part in the PSC’s final decision. That’s why public hearings are being held and people like Alan Lorenz are speaking up.

by Katie Coughenour WXOW La Crosse, WI click for details

Opponents of CapX2020 power line project hand-deliver petition

CENTERVILLE, Wis.– More people had a chance to speak out Wednesday night against a controversial proposed power line project.

The CapX2020 project would build 150 miles of power lines between Wisconsin and Minnesota.

In Centerville Wednesday, people had two chances to share their opinions on the project that has been in the works since 2007. It was the fourth public meeting in the past two days.

WKBT News8000, March 14, 2012 click for details

Lawmakers should stand up to power lines

There will be public hearings this week in Alma and Centerville regarding the largest civil engineering project after Interstate 90 to be built in western Wisconsin — the CapX2020 power line.

As the Tribune reported, the state’s Public Service Commission engineers remain unconvinced of its need for our area or our state.

Linda Van Art, La Crosse Tribune editorial, March 13, 2011  click here for details

Last Chance to Voice Concerns on Capx2020

The WI State Public Service Commission has the final say on if and where the transmission lines can be built.

ATTEND PUBLIC HEARINGS THIS WEEK:
-Tues. March 13 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – American Legion in Alma
-Wed., March 14 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – Centerville Community Center

**Note: CETF asked for meetings in the population areas such as Holmen, but none were scheduled. Please come early–there is likely to be a very large attendance at these meetings.

The Holmen School Board and the La Crosse County Board have already passed resolutions opposing the CapX2020 project.

CapX2020 comment deadline today!

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission will hold hearings next week on CapX2020. These will be the last chances for the public to comment on the segment of the line between Alma and Holmen.

March 13; 1 p.m., 6 p.m., American Legion, 501 N. Main St., Alma
March 14; 1 p.m., 6 p.m., Centerville Community Center, W24854 Hwy. 54/93, Centerville

Uncertainty surrounds a proposed high-voltage power line between Alma and Holmen with the deadline for public input looming.

Today is the deadline for written comments on the Wisconsin leg of a 345-kilovolt transmission line designed to connect the Twin Cities, Rochester and La Crosse.

Chris Hubbuch, WinonaDailyNews click here for details