BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota regulators are taking public comments on a proposed power line that would help move electricity from a Brookings County substation to the Twin Cities area in Minnesota.

The proposed 10.6-mile line would be the westernmost segment of a 250-mile transmission line to Hampton, Minn. It’s one of four Midwestern lines proposed by CapX2020, a group of 11 utilities working to upgrade the regional grid at a cost of $1.7 billion.

The Argus Leader reports that the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission held a hearing Thursday night in Brookings on the proposed $25.6 million Brookings line. Brenda Ronning owns property with wind turbines and said the new line would help move wind-generated electricity to market.

Great River Energy officials say there have been no objections to construction.

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