CapX route ‘still an atrocity,’ Holmen administrator says

Holmen village administrator Scott Heinig was disappointed with the Public Service Commission’s decision to approve a high-voltage power line from Rochester, Minn., to Holmen but was relieved commissioners agreed to route it around the village’s land targeted for future growth.

The 345-kv line will follow Hwy. 35 for about three miles to a new Briggs Road substation, according to a plan approved Thursday by the three-member commission. An earlier proposal had the line cutting a 150-foot swath through Holmen’s growth corridor, which includes Prairie View Elementary and the site of a future middle school.

“This is still an atrocity for our community and for north county,” Heinig said, noting it could still impact the growth corridor.

by Chris Hubbach, La Crosse Tribune, May 21, 2012 click for details

Landowners seek fair compensation for impact of CapX power line

Ken and Tess Koltes know the power line is coming, and they can’t stop it.

They know it’s not going to matter much whether they agree to the amount of money offered by the utility companies for the right to run the CapX 2020 line across their century dairy farm in St. Joseph Township, or whether they fight until the bitter end for every last dime.

Still, the Kolteses aren’t ready to go away quietly

by Kristi Marohn, St. Cloud Times, May 20, 2012 click for details

Capx2020 Approved

MADISON, Wis. — State regulators have approved plans to build a $202 million, high-voltage transmission line in western Wisconsin that will serve as the last leg of the CapX2020 transmission line, a 700-mile series of lines bringing lower-cost power from the Dakotas.

It also virtually assures that a similar high-voltage line, planned from the La Crosse area to the Madison area, will be built, a utility spokesman said.

by Judy Newman Wisconsin State Journal, May 11, 2012 click for details

State approves CapX2020 power line

MADISON — State regulators approved plans Thursday for a $202 million power line that will run for dozens of miles through western Wisconsin’s bluff and river country, despite concerns the line is unnecessary, too costly and would mar the pristine scenery.

Northern States Power Company, Dairyland Power Cooperative and WPPI Energy have been working to win the Public Service Commission’s approval for the joint project since 2008. They maintain the line will help meet rising demand for power in western Wisconsin. The three-person Public Service Commission unanimously approved the line during a meeting Thursday morning in Madison.

La Crosse Tribune, May 10, 2012 click for details