MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin utility regulators have given final approval to a power line project that would run through La Crosse, Trempealeau and Buffalo counties.
Preliminary approval was given by the board May 10 after it altered the power line's route in Holmen. 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. The price tag on the project is estimated to be more than $200 million.
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.14371034
Xcel Energy says construction will not begin until late 2013.
- You participated in the Women's March. Now what?
- Local event helps connect military families
- Dayton's State of the State will set stage for 2017 session
- De Soto Area Lions Club promoting grant for flood victims
- La Crosse County proposing tourism tax
- Local family moves in to Habitat for Humanity home
- Trump to meet congressional leaders Monday at the White House
- Women's March on Madison draws thousands to protest Trump
- Ho-Chunk casino could draw $37 million from other casinos
- Man died after kayak capsized, Des Moines authorities say