MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin utility regulators have denied petitions to stop a power line project that will run through La Crosse, Trempealeau and Buffalo counties.
The PSC gave final approval to the project in late May.
The power line will cross Highway 53 to avoid a future development site. The proposed project would replace power poles that are 80 to 90-feet high with 150 foot poles.15513856
The 11 utility companies that are part of the project, including Xcel Energy and Dairyland Power Cooperative, say the line is needed to get energy to a population that has grown and is using more energy since the last infrastructure upgrade 30 years ago.
Opponents, including the Citizens Energy Task Force, say CapX2020 is not needed. They say studies show there is plenty of energy in western Wisconsin and that the power lines, which are one hundred feet tall, or more, would harm habitat and scenic views along the Mississippi River.
The price tag on the project is estimated to be more than $200 million. Xcel Energy says construction will not begin until late 2013.
- Holmen man sentenced to life for murder of girlfriend
- Holmen man in custody after armed robbery and 5-hour standoff
- Herberger's to move into former Macy's location at Valley View Mall
- Police: Student critically hurt in Kenosha school stabbing
- Bill banning abortion coverage for state workers up for vote
- Education accountability bill up for committee vote
- Bill would let victims, witnesses block body camera releases
- Man accused of trying to kill girlfriend faces sentencing
- Urban Beekeeping
- New breast cancer detection soon offered at Mayo Clinic in La Crosse