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Xcel has advanced other transmission line proposals in the west metro, including an 11.4-mile stretch of new and upgraded line between eastern Carver and northern Scott counties that goes through downtown Chaska.
State to decide
Before Xcel can start over to come up with a different proposal in Plymouth, the utility needs state approval to withdraw its first project. The touchy question of whether to attach conditions to any new plan is now before the state Public Utilities Commission, with a public comment period deadline of Jan. 29.
The commission is unlikely to decide the matter until spring, and Alders said it’s not clear how long after that it will take for Xcel to come up with an alternate project.
For McBride, any proposal that contains a new or upgraded power line will not be acceptable.
“There is no immediate need for a high-voltage transmission line,” she said. “Maybe that day will never come because of new technology or new efforts at conservation. There’s no need to destroy the value and enjoyment of people’s homes.”
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