ST. PAUL, MINN.
(August 20, 2019) - Today, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission issued
its preliminary decision on the Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line to
grant a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN).
Cardinal-Hickory Creek is a 345 kV transmission line connecting northeast Iowa
and southwestern Wisconsin and will support a growing renewable energy
production area in the Upper Midwest.
Clean Grid Alliance
issued the following statement:
"On behalf of our
NGO members who are working on carbon reduction across the Midwest and industry
members who are developing utility-scale wind and solar energy projects, we
applaud the Wisconsin Public Service Commission for supporting the
Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line," said Clean Grid Alliance
Executive Director Beth Soholt. "The demand for more renewable
energy is palpable and the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line will
provide the ability to access and deliver renewables. We are seeing an
ever-increasing stream of state governments, utilities, and corporations
announcing plans for more renewable energy because of its low cost and
environmental benefits. Our members are ready to fulfill their
needs. We are grateful to the Commission for recognizing that more
transmission is necessary in order to deliver the clean energy future everyone
wants. Cardinal-Hickory Creek will also strengthen the grid and provide
congestion relief for an efficient energy market in Wisconsin and the
represents the preliminary decision of the Public Service Commission. The
Commission will issue a final written order by September 30. There is a
segment of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line in Iowa. The Iowa
Utilities Board will hear that case in December.
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Clean Grid Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St.
Paul, Minn., that works to advance renewable energy in the Midwest. Its members
are comprised of wind and solar developers, environmental organizations, public
interest groups, clean energy advocates, farm groups and businesses providing
goods and services to the wind and solar industries.