NOT THE END OF THE LINE ! A Court Appeal is the Next Step for CapX2020

On July 12, 2012, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) rejected the 14
Petitions for Rehearing. But, this is not the end of the line.

We’ve prepared a summary of the legal issues click for details 

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Linda Van Art: Transmission lines not answer to energy woes

In the past month, more than 2,000 high temperature records have been broken across the United States. It’s probable that we are seeing the consequences for our promiscuous use of fossil fuels.

We should make the stabilization of our climate the central organizing principle of our energy policy.

The peak use of electricity occurs each year on the hottest and sunniest days of summer. Yet instead of augmenting our electricity with clean, job-producing solar energy, we ride the merry-go-round of burning more fossil fuel to cool off from ever higher temperatures caused by burning fossil fuels.

This is a dead-end street.

The unpopular CapX2020 project will be detrimental to the stabilization of our climate. These high-voltage transmission lines have not been shown to be needed for Wisconsin. They will, however, facilitate the coal-energy export business from North Dakota to states to the east. click for details

Debra Severson: Court is next stop in fight against transmission lines

If you’re expected to pay for something you do not want or need, shouldn’t you have the right to object? If you participate in public hearings and are ignored, shouldn’t you be able to ask, “What the heck?”

CapX2020 applicants and the Wisconsin Public Service Commission don’t seem to think so.

Fourteen petitions for rehearing were submitted regarding the contested CapX2020 transmission line, which was approved by the PSC on May 30 despite public objections and industry expert conclusions that the line wasn’t needed.

In response, legal counsel for CapX2020 applicants Northern States Power/Xcel Energy, Dairyland Power Cooperative and Wisconsin Public Power Inc. claimed we have no right to be heard because we aren’t “substantially aggrieved” by the massive lines that cross the Mississippi and then trek from Alma down to Holmen.

La Crosse Tribune July 15, 2012 12:15 am  •  By Debra Severson | Sparta click for details


Regulators deny petitions to reconsider CapX2020

MADISON — State regulators denied 14 petitions Thursday from opponents of CapX2020, reaffirming their earlier decision to allow the massive powerline project to move forward.
Opponents have vowed to fight on.

The project would erect a network of high-voltage powerlines from Alma to the La Crosse area.
CapX2020, a consortium of power companies, says the lines are needed to meet future demands. Opponents aren’t convinced and say the powerlines could mar the area’s natural beauty, lower property values and have environmental consequences.

Wisconsin Public Service Commission Chairman Phil Mont-gomery denied the petitions either because they didn’t identify material errors of fact or law, didn’t advance any new information that would warrant a rehearing or because petitioners lived outside the project area and weren’t “substantially aggrieved” by it.

July 13, 2012 12:00 am  •  By Kevin Murphy | For the La Crosse Tribune click for details

CapX2020 Powerline Approval Challenged – July 4, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, was a big day.

By noon, 14 individuals and organizations had legally challenged the Public Service Commission (PSC) of WI on its May 30 approval of the CapX2020 powerline. They each filed a Petition for Rehearing on the PSC and the CapX2020 applicants.

The petitioners cited violations of law, new information and PSC bias, which they believe provide sufficiently strong grounds to reverse or modify PSC’s order on the massive high voltage powerline which would run from Alma to Holmen with 170 ft. towers.

Citizens Energy Task Force (CETF) and NoCapX2020 helped petitioners understand the legal language and process to file the petitions and called the PSC decision “fatally flawed.” Petitions were filed by 12 individuals and 2 organizations from Buffalo, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon, and Trempealeau counties. We appreciate all who took the time and energy to prepare and file the petitions, they were all very well written and raised many concerns about this expensive and unnecessary powerline.

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