Finished in late September after more than a decade of planning and construction, the 800-mile-long CapX2020 transmission project has prompted more than 3,600 megawatts of clean energy project proposals, according to Xcel Energy.
Owners of a Minnesota organic dairy say a planned high-voltage line will jeopardize the health of their cows and force the farm to relocate. However, there is little, if any, scientific evidence to support that claim.
Xcel Energy does not have to share ownership of a planned Twin Cities-to-La Crosse transmission line with a Wisconsin competitor, federal regulators ruled earlier this week.
The Rochester Public Utilities board voted Tuesday to phase out the Silver Lake power plant by 2015, further evidence that cheap natural gas and wind power are putting the squeeze on smaller, less-economical coal plants.
After years of planning, debate, and regulatory procedures, one of the largest transmission projects in the country is on track to be completed by 2015.