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

Utilties Turn the Lights Off on the Truth Behind Transmission Lines

Coulee Region won’t benefit from new transmission lines

The following article comes from the, and was co-written by Rob Danielson of SOUL (Save Our Unique Lands) and Debra Severson of the Citizens Energy Task Force.

Those questioning the need for new high-voltage transmission lines agree with the Coalition Organized for Reliable Energy and Wisconsin Restaurant Association that Wisconsin needs to ensure every home, farm and business has access to reliable electricity.

But power line opponents dispute claims made by these groups — both of which recently came out in support of the Badger Coulee project — that these transmission lines will produce a significant number of long-term jobs and result in lower electric bills.

The first thing we need to understand is who needs these lines and why.

Transmission expansion is being approved to help utilities compete in a shrinking market. By adding more and more lines, utilities get increased access to “more reliably” trade electrons across the country in a stock-market-like system called the wholesale energy market….



Wisconsin Restaurant Association Puts Transmission Lines on Its Menu

Ed Lump writes in the La Crosse Tribune. com

State’s economy gets boost from power projects

“The Wisconsin Restaurant Association is part of a coalition of groups that support the proposed Badger Coulee transmission line project. We often take for granted having reliable power for our homes and businesses, but for the restaurant industry and others, the stakes are too high to stand on the sidelines. What do restaurants have to do with power lines you may ask? Imagine this hypothetical: It is a Saturday night at a busy restaurant in Wisconsin, and the power goes out. No food can be cooked. No dishes can be washed. The large investment in meat and produce that each restaurant makes on a daily basis is very quickly becoming worthless as time ticks on….”

One has to wonder if Wisconsin ratepayers are being served a very bad meal…..



Coalition Organized for Reliable Energy – Who Are They?

“We, the undersigned, support the benefits that an improved transmission infrastructure will bring to Wisconsin. The organizations listed below represent a diverse group of businesses,
labor unions, economic development organizations and trade associations, and each has a direct stake in Wisconsin energy issues. We recognize the need for a transmission system that can ensure the delivery of reliable electricity to businesses and customers, facilitate commerce, promote competition in the regional energy marketplace and help deliver renewable energy to Wisconsin customers. The American Transmission Company (ATC) and Xcel Energy have engaged with stakeholders like us throughout its transmission planning process and we support their efforts to address Wisconsin’s need for an improved electrical grid….”
So says CORE, the Coalition Organized for Reliable Energy. Want to know who signed on to this position? Take a look here.