CETF Applies for Intervenor Status on Anticipated Badger-Coulee Application

The Wisconsin PSC chose to disregard over 550 signatures asking for the PSC to reopen the CapX2020 docket based on new information. It is yet another example of the Wisconsin PSC ignoring the will of the public it is supposed to serve.


The Citizens Energy Task Force recognizes that the issues related to CapX2020 go beyond transmission lines to the heart of the right of the people to be heard. The paternal pat on the head by the Wisconsin PSC is simply unacceptable, especially in light of recent studies that drive home the fact that electrical use is declining.  A recent white paper published by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy underscores what Wisconsin citizens have been trying to get the WPSC to acknowledge for the past two years.

So, what is driving the Commissioners of Wisconsin’s PSC to continue to ignore the obvious, continue to disrespect its duty for due diligence, and continue to give a welcomed nod to the transmission line industry? When did the duty to serve the “public” leave the Public Service Commission? To whom does the PSC answer? The public? The transmission line industry? Who really controls Wisconsin’s destiny?

The Citizens Energy Task Force will not step back from the right of the people to hold government accountable. To that end, it has petitioned for intervention in American Transmission Company’s and Xcel Energy’s expected Badger-Coulee Transmission Line  Application. CETF contends that CapX2020 and Badger-Coulee are one in the same line, though applied for at different points in time. These applications present each line as independent of any other, when in truth one line creates a dependency on another. State and federal law requires that environmental and financial impacts of dependent acts be considered at the same time since segmenting them would mask the true costs. This is but one of the issues CETF continues to raise.

CETF Badger-Coulee Line Intervenor Status

For all of you who signed the online petition asking the Wisconsin PSC to reopen the CapX2020 docket, CETF thanks you. If you are interested in knowing more about the three commissioners who chose to ignore your concerns, you can read about them here.

Commissioner Phil Montgomery

Commissioner Eric Callisto

Commissioner Ellen Nowak

To comment on how the request to reopen the CapX2020 was ignored, post individual comments on the PSC website docket 5-CE-136 (you will need to set up an account if you don’t already have one) and send emails to:



PSC fails to look out for the public

The Citizens Energy Task Force has contended all along the benefit is to utilities and not ratepayers. A 2009 study about the national impact of adding mass amounts of regional transmission so that electrons could be better traded on the wholesale energy market showed the cost to Midwestern ratepayers was $3.9 billion per year — likely for 30 to 40 years — while Midwestern utilities’ revenue would increase $11.7 billion per year.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see who bears the costs and who gets the benefits. ~ Deb Severson

This lady needs to get a grip. Just because she and her groupies think something is a fact or is right does not make it so. It must be hard for her to understand the word NO… The time she and the groupies take to make boards, commissions, local governments, etc. respond to them increases our taxes. Do they give a rip about that? ~ Retiredone

Read the entire article and comments here.

We are still waiting for the Public Service Commission to be responsive to the public. Retireone – what part of 555 signatures don’t you understand? The people have a right, I would say a duty, to become engaged in the workings of their government. Government’s job is to represent the interests of the people. What would Retiredone have boards, commissions, and local government do rather than stand up for the people they represent?

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