(7/15/13) A federal agency has thrown out a legal challenge to a proposed high-voltage electric transmission line between La Crosse and Rochester Minnesota.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected a challenge to part of the Cap-X-2020 project. The panel said the line's opponents did not prove their claim that the half-billion-dollar line would create instability to the Upper Midwest power grid. Also, the commission said those concerned about transmission lines should express their opinions to the group that operates the power grid in 10 Midwest states and Manitoba in Canada. That agency is the Mid-Continent Independent System Operator, based in Indiana. The Citizens Energy Task Force and the group Save Our Unique Lands fought the Rochester-to-La Crosse power line, saying a companion project between La Crosse and Madison needed to be built. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has found that the line to Madison addresses long-term needs. Parts of the La Crosse-Rochester line are currently being built. The Army Corps of Engineers still needs to approve a permit where the proposed line would cross at Alma, northwest of La Crosse.