MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal officials are promising an accelerated permit review for a proposed Wisconsin-Minnesota power line.

Obama administration officials say the $493 million CapX2020 project and six others around the country could create more than 10,000 jobs, so the projects’ reviews will be fast tracked.

Several utilities, including Xcel Energy, are proposing a 345,000-volt line that would cross the Mississippi River near La Crosse and extend to Rochester, Minn. The White House Council on Environmental Quality estimates the Minnesota-Wisconsin line would create 1,650 jobs during peak construction.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is the lead agency coordinating federal reviews. An environment impact statement is expected to be released next month.

The Journal Sentinel says CapX2020 developers hope they’ll have all approvals by next year so construction can begin in 2013.

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Comments (4)
  1. waste says:

    And why is this line needed? It may be, but this article is missing any substance to keep the readers informed.
    Or is the government once again causing a bubble to cover up the fact that there are no jobs and the only jobs will be government subsidized jobs?
    This project would spend $298,787 per job. There would be 6 others around the country. Nice check for Excel energy to get from us, the tax payers.

  2. The Rodentman says:

    And you’ll be the first in the whine line when you have no source for electricity.

    1. waste says:

      Thank you for your insightfull garbage. You contributed so much inrformation to this thread.

      1. AM says:

        Evidently you aren’t one of the lucky farmstead owners who will have their 38 year old windbreak dozed over to male room for this unneeded monstrosity. What do you think the resale value on our homestead will be when the windbreak is gone and the power-line is right outside (60ft) outside our window? Good luck for selling this place and making enough on it to allow us to buy a retirement place. Guess you might be thinking a bit differently if this scenario illustrated you and your family.

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