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Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line

Mike Huebsch voted to approve the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line
Jul 7, 2022

Wisconsin court sides with former PSC member in Cardinal-Hickory line dispute (UPDATE)

The Wisconsin Supreme Court's conservative majority on Thursday sided with a former member of the state Public Service Commission who did not want to testify in court about his personal relationships with utility companies building a new power line that he had voted to approve.

May 26, 2022

Cost of building power transmission line growing

Rising material prices and legal expenses are expected to add nearly $50 million more to the cost of a power transmission line being built across southern Wisconsin.

Mar 23, 2022

Utilities appeal ruling blocking line’s refuge crossing (UPDATE)

Utilities building a $492 million transmission line have appealed a federal judge’s ruling that blocks the project from a crucial crossing through a wildlife area. 

Mar 2, 2022

Justices question accusations of bias in approval of Cardinal-Hickory line

With construction underway on the nearly Cardinal-Hickory $500 million transmission line, the Wisconsin Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case accusing a former regulator of bias in approving the project.

Jan 18, 2022

Judge blocks work on transmission line after faulting environmental reviews

A federal judge has blocked utilities from building a nearly $500 million transmission line across the Mississippi River after finding federal agencies had failed to conduct a proper environmental review of the project.

Nov 2, 2021

Judge issues injunction halting work on parts of $500M Cardinal-Hickory power line

Even as utilities were preparing to move forward with building the $500 million Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line in western Wisconsin, a federal judge handed down an injunction that will temporarily […]

Sep 22, 2021

Wisconsin Supreme Court to weigh whether regulator’s communications with utilities amount to bias

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether a former regulator's communications with utility executives tainted his approval of a nearly $500 million transmission line to be built between Dane County and Dubuque, Iowa.

Aug 4, 2021

Court pauses order calling on former regulator to turn over cell phone in Cardinal-Hickory suit

A Wisconsin appeals court this week hit pause on an order meant to compel a former regulator to turn over his personal cell phone in a case alleging he was biased in his vote to approve a nearly $500 million transmission line.

Jul 29, 2021

Regulators stall on request to revisit Cardinal-Hickory approval in light of secret messages

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission deadlocked Thursday on a request to rescind and reconsider the nearly $500 million Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line following a revelation last month that a former regulator had communicated secretly with proponents of the project.

Jul 1, 2021

PSC reevaluating permit for $500M power line in light of former regulator’s secret messages

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission on Thursday moved to reconsider the $500 million Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line after documents showed a former commissioner traded encrypted messages with employees of utilities developing the project.

Jun 30, 2021

Secret messages prompt utilities to ask for review of Cardinal-Hickory transmission line

Utilities that would own the $500 million Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line are asking state officials to reconsider the project after learning a former regulator secretly exchanged messages with utility employees before voting to approve the line.

Jun 1, 2021

Judge will revoke PSC approval of $500M Cardinal-Hickory line if critics prove bias

A Dane County judge says he will revoke a permit for the nearly $500 million Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line if various groups challenging the project can show that a former member of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission was biased in his approval of the project.


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