Packed House For CAPX2020 Presentation

For many of the 150 people that showed up to a CAPX2020 presentation last, a high-voltage power line
stretching across their farms is in no way appealing. Let alone the numerous amount of 174 foot poles put in the ground. Concerned residents gathered at the Holmen High School last night to get more information and ask questions about the proposed powerline project. Representatives from Xcel Energy, The DOT and The Citizens Energy Task force gave presentations and answered questions. The proposed line would extend about 150 miles from Hampton, Minnesota to the La Crosse area, crossing the Mississippi River at Alma and ending at a new substation near Holmen. Construction would begin in 2013, with the line in service by 2015.

Tim Carlsgaard, a spokesman for CapX2020 said he believes that this line will meet the customer needs of this area for years to come. And Tom Hillstrom, a permitting leader with Xcel Energy, said it's not a popular project, but it's important that people see the process. Most attendees who spoke opposed the project and raised concerns about human health values and the impact the line could have on area aesthetics.

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has announced two public meetings will held March 13th and 14th in Alma and Centerville.

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