PSC Snubs Citizen Groups

“We may disagree with the PSC over who needs the power lines and why, but there should be no question that the process to plan and approve energy infrastructure should be transparent, comprehensive, and accountable to the citizens and ratepayers it is meant to serve,” said Debra Severson

Apparently the PSC feels otherwise….. Take a read.

PSC Snubs Citizen Groups_Press Release_Feb 10 2014

Severson Sends Letter to Wisconsin DOA and Governor Walker

Friday, January 31, 2014

Dear Secretary Huebsch and Deputy Secretary Schoenherr, cc Governor Walker

Thank you again for the time you gave me last Friday to discuss the Request to Reopen the CapX2020 transmission line docket, which was filed on January 9.

In ending our discussion, Secretary Huebsch conveyed he would determine if any statutes prevented the Department of Administration from supporting this request, and he would follow-up with me early this week.  As you know, I left messages on Wednesday to facilitate this follow-up. I also took the opportunity to address the issue from the opposite perspective.

In addition to the general role in advising the governor on energy policy and land-use, and its oversight of the State Energy Office, the following statutes seem to justify the DOA’s support, if not intervention:

  • 16.004 (4), (5) and (6)
  • 16.82 (1), (2) and (3)
  • 16.95 (1), (2), (6), (7), (10), and (13)
  • 16.9675 (1), (2), (3), (4), (5) and (6)(a)

I also thought it helpful to include….

Read on…  the chart from the JCSP Study we discussed ….

Farmers in Kansas Opposed Transmission Line Project

It’s really all connected, this opposition to large scale, multiple state transmission line projects. Wisconsin farmers and communities are not the only ones fighting to keep their lives free from towering transmission lines and towers. It’s all about a common sense approach to serving the country’s energy needs. It’s all about conservation and energy efficiency instead of glut. Read this Kansas Star news article on what farmers in Kansas have to say.

Power Line Opponents Surge Against Wind Energy Transmission Line Project


CETF and SOUL Enlighten the Utilities

“CapX202 is a massive web of transmission that would stretch from the Dakotas into Wisconsin,….”

Admittedly, a discussion of transmission lines can be very complicated. Leave it to Deb Severson to shed some light on the utilities’ questionable data used to justify the project. CapX2020 simply is unacceptable. Read on…..

Press Release_Citizens Groups Stand Up to Dismissive Response of Electric Utilities_1.31.14

And, there’s more. Read the CETF and SOUL response to the dismissive attitude by the utilities to the petition to reopen the CapX2020 docket. You really have to wonder why the State of Wisconsin wants to force this ill-conceived and profit-laden project on the good people of Wisconsin. The people pay. The utilities play. Who in the Capitol cares? When will the Wisconsin PSC finally do what’s right and ReOpen the CapX2020 docket?

CETF SOUL Reply to Applicants Response

Rob Danielson and Debra Severson: More high voltage lines don’t make sense

From the Wisconsin State Journal, January 17, 2014 online

Those of us challenging the need for the Badger Coulee high voltage transmission lines in western Wisconsin support financially and environmentally sustainable energy solutions. We support investing in maintenance and projects to ensure reliability. But we do not think Wisconsin ratepayers should pay to help utilities compete in a shrinking market…….

Read more here

CETF and SOUL Petition Wisconsin PSC to Reopen CapX2020 docket

In a dramatic turn of events, CETF and SOUL have joined to petition the Wisconsin PSC to reopen the CapX2020 Hampton La Cross high voltage power line docket at the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. Read the entire press release here:

Press Release_Request to Reopen CapX2020 Docket_1.9.14

Read the entire petition to reopen here:

CETF SOUL Request to Reopen CapX2020_1.9.14

Read the summary of the petition to reopen here.

Summary_Request to Reopen CapX2020 Docket_01.09.14

Saving Wisconsin’s Farms and Communities

Let’s work together to save Wisconsin’s Farms and Communities. Let your thoughts be known to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC). With its power to determine the future of transmission line buildout in Wisconsin, the PSC holds the fate of your ratepayer dollars (your utility bills) in its hands — ratepayer dollars nicely wrapped and tucked away in ATC’s cookie jar. Cost = MILLIONS that you and I will pay for transmission lines at a time when energy demand is flat lining. Who benefits from these lines?

Read on:

cutting across Wisconsin's  farm fields and communities

cutting across Wisconsin’s farm fields and communities