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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2011

Property Rights: Budget would change eminent domain law

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Original date: June 13, 2011

Owners of land that sits in the way of a highway or power line project would have a harder time challenging a government takeover of their property if a proposal inserted into the state budget becomes law, property rights advocates say.

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2011

New ATC transmission line project surges ahead

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Original date: June 2, 2011

JUDY NEWMAN | jdnewman@madison.com | 608-252-6156

About 40,000 homes and businesses from Middleton to north of La Crosse are getting letters this week from American Transmission Co. telling them a powerful electrical transmission line could be built within 3,000 feet — or about half a mile — and inviting them to public meetings later this month.

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2011

State agency takes on Xcel over proposed rate increase

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Original date: April 6, 2011

The Minnesota Department of Commerce on Wednesday objected to Xcel Energy Inc.’s proposed rate increases, saying the utility needs far less to operate. The department’s Office of Energy Security recommended knocking down by $107 million, or more than half, the planned increase of $198 million.

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2011

Massive power line to run through Oronoco Township

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 A 17-story power line in their backyard.  That’s what some Oronoco Township residents face should CapX2020′s high-voltage transmission project — one of the most ambitious expansions of Minnesota’s transmission grid ever — run through their land.

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2011

Public Service Commission says CapX2020 application incomplete

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The Wisconsin Public Service Commission(PSC) says an application for high-voltage power lines that would cross the Mississippi River at Alma is incomplete.  In a letter February 1 to 11 utility companies that make up the CapX2020 partnership, the PSC says the application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity is incomplete due to "missing, or inaccurate information." Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2011

Badger Coulee (Amer. Transmission Co.) power line project hits speed bump

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State regulators want more information before they will further consider CapX2020’s application to route a
high-voltage line through three western Wisconsin counties.

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin recently sent the energy company consortium a three-page list
containing almost 100 data requests on the proposed project, which would extend in the state from Alma to a
substation to be built in the town of Onalaska.

The requests range from updated cost estimates for the plan and any alternative routes to potential effects on Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2011

Regulatory Roadblocks to Democratizing the Electricity System

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A serialized version of our new report, Democratizing the Electricity System, Part 4 of 5. Click here for: Part 1 (The Electric System: Inflection Point) Part 2 (The Economics of Distributed Generation) Part 3 (The Political and Technical Advantages of Distributed Generation) Download the report. Regulatory Roadblocks / The Political System Despite technology’s march toward… Continue reading

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Article filed under Biomaterials, Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 13, 2011

Why Consider Compostable Food Service Products?

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ILSR’s new fact sheet on “FAQs: Why Choose Compostable Products for Food Service” explains what constitutes compostable products, where they are available, and the importance of working with local composters to ensure they are composted. Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 13, 2011

The Power of Comprehensive Energy Policy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/power-comprehensive-energy-policy/

If Germany’s 16 federal states had each enacted their own renewable energy legislation, we’d have far less solar energy usage. I often tell people that Germany has 400 types of beer and one renewables law, while the situation in the United States is the other way around.

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