State officials in Minnesota have approved the final leg of an electric transmission line to the Wisconsin border.
The Public Utilities Commission in the Gopher State voted 4-to-nothing yesterday to approve a 90-mile line from Hampton to La Crosse. They also approved a shorter, lower-voltage line from Pine Island to Rochester. Both are part of the Cap-X-2020 project, which would add 700 miles of new power lines and make the transmission system stronger. Some parts of the one-point-nine billion dollar plan are already complete, and the rest is expected to be finished by 2015. In Wisconsin, the Cap-X line would run from Holmen in La Crosse County northward to Alma. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission must still act on that project. And a recent study by the P-S-C questioned whether the La Crosse region would grow enough to justify the new line – which would connect to other proposed transmission facilities across west central Wisconsin.