The 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.
A 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.
Tim 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.
Tens 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.
A 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.
Most 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.
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.
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
The severe storms that swept through McLeod County Thursday night dropped trees and power lines, according to reports.
North Dakota regulators have approved the state’s largest electric power line project since the 1970s.
High winds and heavy rain pounded the south-central Minnesota town of Elysian, disrupting power, knocking down trees and blowing some roofs off sheds.
Monday night’s thunderstorm knocked over trees, damaged docks and downed power lines in LeSueur County, authorities said.
A scary and potentially deadly situation was avoided after a boom truck got tangled up in some live power lines Wednesday morning.
Utility crews will start using a helicopter this week to string wires on poles along a high-voltage transmission line from Monticello to St. Cloud.
A Minnesota study of proposed power lines crossing the Mississippi River won’t be ready until March, two months later than expected.