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ATC proposes La Crosse to Madison power line

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — American Transmission Company wants to build a high-voltage power line from La Crosse to Madison.

According to American Transmission, the 150-mile line would link with a line proposed by Xcel Energy and other utilities that would cross Minnesota and connect in Wisconsin near La Crosse.

According to ATC, construction on the Badger Coulee line from La Crosse to Madison could begin in 2015 if regulatory approval is given.

Information from: WKBT-TV, http://www.wkbt.com

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  1. There’s a LONG history here – CapX 2020 since 2004 and way back to WRAO & WIREs report: http://nocapx2020.info/?p=2336
    This line was specifically announced in a 4/3/09 press release (nocapx2020.info/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/nocapx-motionreopen2-exhibita-4-3-09.pdf) which gave this “need” explanation:

    The studies also found that further upgrades in Minnesota and the Dakotas (beyond the 230-kilovolt line upgrade) will not provide significant benefit prior to installation of a high-voltage transmission line between the La Crosse, Wis., area and the Madison, Wis., area. Without a line to the east of Minnesota, the transmission system will reach a “tipping point” where reliability is compromised, according to the studies. The studies found that the combination of the new 345-kilovolt double circuit line between Granite Falls and Shakopee and a new Wisconsin line would increase the transmission system transfer capability by 1,600 megawatts for a total increase — with the 2,000 megawatts from the new 345-kilovolt line in Minnesota – of approximately 3,600 megawatts.

    It’s transmission for coal to displace natural gas with coal. Don’t think so? Read MISO’s ICF Benefits Report
    (nocapx2020.info/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/icf_miso-benefits-analysis_final_02282007.pdf) beginning at the ES p. 14, Conclusions:
    The overall outcome of this analysis demonstrates that potential RTO benefits are large and are measured in hundreds of millions of dollars per year. While on a percentage basis the potential improvement appears modest, the magnitude of the production costs involved is so large that on a dollar basis, the efficiency improvements are substantial. RTO operational benefits are largely associated with the improved ability to displace gas generation with coal generation, more efficient use of coal generation, and better use of import potential. These benefits will likely grow over time as… Transmission upgrades which could increase the geographic scope of optimization within the Midwest ISO footprint. The lack of an Ancillary Services Market (ASM) for footprint-wide reserve optimization limited the achievable results by as much as 40 percent during the study horizon.

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