Senior Researcher John Farrell presented on the benefits of local clean energy to a crowd in Boulder, CO, in April 2011 at the invitation of the local organization Clean Energy Action. The city of Boulder is currently considering municipalization of its utility. Continue reading
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WI Public Service Commission schedules Two Wisconsin EIS Scoping Meetings (CapX2020)
July 14 in Cochrane, WI
Original date: June 15, 2011
The Baraboo Town Board opposes plans for 150-foot-tall, high-voltage electrical towers marching past the town and over the Baraboo Bluffs.
Original date: June 19, 2011
Thousands of area homeowners could someday see more of power lines. That’s if the American Transmission Company gets approval from the state Public Service Commission to build a massive power line through western Wisconsin.
People in the La Crosse area got to voice their opinion today about the American Transmission Company’s (ATC) proposed Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project. Some people don’t want the lines to cut through their backyard.
Excel Energy, Dairyland Power and nine other utilities (CAPX2020) are proposing a 345kV ultra high voltage power line crossing from Minnesota to Alma, Wisconsin and then running either south or east to Madison. Most of the power line will be built by the American Transmission Company. The power line towers will be 15+ stories tall and have a right of way of 150 feet, which will be cleared by eminent domain and maintained by herbicides. Continue reading
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. The measure, adopted on a 12-4 party-line vote by the Legislature’s Republican-dominated budget-writing committee, pits the state Department of Transportation and power-line builder American Transmission Co. against property rights advocates and lawyers.
Original date: June 2, 2011
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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.
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.