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Awaiting Approval for ND Portion of CapX2020 Transmission Line

PHOTO: Wind turbines
PHOTO: Wind turbines
July 30, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. - Construction is set to begin next year on the leg of the CapX2020 transmission line that will run through southeast Minnesota and into Wisconsin. The North Dakota portion of the project is still in the permitting process. Johnathan Hladik, policy advocate with the Center for Rural Affairs, says those along the proposed route will get a chance to weigh in.

"I think a lot of new projects get built and people feel like it's out of their hands, but it's not. So look for chances to tell the developers what works best for you and to see if you can make this a project that works really well for your community."

The North Dakota segment is to start at the Bison Substation Siting Area and run to the west and south of Fargo before crossing into Minnesota. It's expected to be energized in 2015.

Hladick says construction of the line should mean economic development along the route.

"Building transmission lines requires labor and materials, and a lot of times this is locally sourced. This means more jobs for those who work in manufacturing or construction, and more business at every restaurant and every cafe located near the construction project."

More information is available at www.cfra.org.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - ND