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Tammy Baldwin 717 Hart Washington DC 20510
Johnson, Ron 328 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
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Jon Erpenbach Room 7 South State Capitol Madison, WI 53707-7882
Sondy Pope State Capitol Room 118 North- P.O. Box 8953 - Madison, WI 53708
Supply exceeds demand in the Wisconsin electrical power market. Madison Gas & Electric’s electrical sales have declined over the past decade and Wisconsin Power & Light’s sales have remained essentially flat over the same time period even though both utilities have each gained about 11,000 net additional customers. New wind and gas plants have already been approved that will provide energy and local jobs. ATC has not demonstrated a need for additional imported out-of-state electrical supply to be carried by this proposed line.
Even if there were any need for more electricity supply, there are better, more cost-effective alternatives than building this costly new high-voltage transmission line. Wisconsin law requires that energy demands first be met with the most cost-effective options including energy efficiency and conservation. This proposed expensive line does not meet those criteria. Additionally, peak-demand energy needs can be better met through increased energy efficiency, distributed energy demand response, and solar energy. Peak energy demands cannot be met by the mixture of coal and wind generated electricity that this line would carry.
ATC has proposed multiple corridor options for the CHC transmission line, many of which are inconsistent with Wisconsin transmission siting laws. State law clearly intends that transmission avoid unnecessary impacts to the environment including natural and cultural resources and that new routes be created only as a last resort. The proposed line routes conflict with this intent. The unique features of the Driftless Area make trying to find corridors that comply with applicable statutes akin to trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, concepts that are inherently mismatched.
Departments of Natural Resources have identified the Driftless Area in Wisconsin as the most important ecological region in the Midwest. The proposed corridors plow through environmentally sensitive areas, those specifically designated to be avoided under Wisconsin law. Wetlands, cold-water streams like Vermont Creek, Elvers Creek, and Bohn Creek, and fragile hilltops would be compromised. The proposed massive infrastructure of towers and lines would damage these historical and natural resources and disrupt the scenic landscapes that are part of our heritage and draw others to our area as well.
The proposed transmission line is a “black cloud” that reduces property values, impairs conservation easements to protect lands, and stalls rural economic development. High-voltage transmission lines have a significant negative impact on property values. Additionally, ATC’s decision to delay the in-service date of the CHC line until 2023 exacerbates this problem. Land owners and buyers are reluctant to make commitments to potential land sales, property improvements and conservation projects because of uncertainties about future property values.