Xcel Energy Uses Helicopter To Add Bird Diverters To Upgraded Power LinesResidents of Northeast Minneapolis shouldn't be alarmed if they notice helicopters in the sky Tuesday morning. Xcel Energy is completing the upgrade to its transmission lines by installing bird diverters and new airline marker balls Tuesday.
Xcel Energy To Use Helicopters To Upgrade Mpls. Power LinesTwin Cities residents may notice more helicopters in the sky this December. Xcel Energy is upgrading its transmission line to improve electric services and it is using helicopters to get the job done.
CapX2020 Project Forced To Buy Organic DairyA popular organic dairy in Scott County is closing its doors after a major power line project skirted the property. The owners of Cedar Summit Dairy won a district court lawsuit that required a power consortium to buy the farm. The CapX2020 project is constructing huge transmission towers to move electricity across the upper Midwest.
Crews Building Power Lines Near Frozen Miss. Battle WinterThe largest, most expensive upgrade of the region's electrical transmission system in over 40 years is facing a major challenge. CAPX 2020 is 800 miles of new power lines built at twice the cost of the new Vikings stadium. But there's one leg of the project south of Wabasha where engineering is beating the elements of old man winter.
Tree Trimmer Electrocuted By Power Line In MinnetonkaA power line electrocuted a man Wednesday afternoon while he was trimming trees in Minnetonka, Minn. It happened just after 1 p.m. on Townline Road. A 21-year-old man, who is an employee of a tree trimming company out of Little Falls, was about 30 feet high when he hit a power line.
Metro Area Left Cleaning Up After Spring Storm Moves ThroughTim Murphy has seen his share of Minnesota spring storms over the years. But he says the one that rolled through this uppertown St. Paul neighborhood Saturday afternoon was a little different. "This was a shorter storm and it was more violent in a chunkated amount of time," Murphy said.
Xcel: 12,000 Homes Without Power In MetroTens of thousands of metro residents are without power Saturday afternoon due to high winds, according to an Xcel Energy spokeswoman. As of 1 p.m., there are about 12,000 customers without power in the metro area; 10,000 are in the western metro and 2,000 in the eastern metro.
Brooklyn Center Man Electrocuted By Power LineA Brooklyn Center man is in the hospital after being electrocuted while trimming trees Saturday afternoon, according to police. The man was found in a residential yard on the 4500 block of 69th Avenue North with injuries consistent with coming in to contact with high-power electrical lines. His condition has not been released.
Just 500 Metro Homes Remain Without PowerMost of the power is back on in the Twin Cities Wednesday night. There are now fewer than 500 homes and businesses that are in the dark.
Good Question: Why Not Bury Power Lines?This weekend's storms took out power for hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans, mostly because of wind and the trees that fell on power lines. According to Xcel Energy, two-thirds of its power lines are above ground. So, that led Wayne from Bloomington to ask: Why don't power companies bury some of those lines? According to Kent Larson, Xcel Energy’s senior vice-president for operations, the big issue is the hefty price tag.
Crews In Minn. Work To Restore Power, Clear Trees The largest utility serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin says it deployed more than 1,000 line workers to restore power to customers in the Twin Cities and other areas after three waves of strong storms hit the region. Xcel Energy's system was severely damaged by high winds that brought trees and branches down onto power lines before dawn Friday and on Friday evening and early Saturday. More than 500,000 of the utility's customers in Minnesota and western Wisconsin were affected at the height of the power outages
Reports: Storms Drop Trees, Power Lines SW Of MetroThe severe storms that swept through McLeod County Thursday night dropped trees and power lines, according to reports.