Posted on | July 30, 2012 | No Comments
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.