Xcel Energy Open Houses Nov 30

Hi to Persons Interested in Alternatives to Xcel's Proposed overhead High Voltage Transmission Lines along the Greenway, 

There are two open house meetings this Tuesday, November 30, 2010 that you may be interested in. You can drop in at either one of them, these are open houses.

Xcel Energy-sponsored open house meetings
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and again the same day from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at Plaza Verde, 1516 East Lake Street

The page on Xcel's web site where you can learn more is: 


BACKGROUND (from Tim Springer)
As you probably know already, law judge Beverly Heydinger recommended to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that Xcel's proposed high voltage lines go underground below 28th Street rather than on 75- to 115-foot-tall towers along the Greenway, yes!  This all relates to Xcel's "Routing Permit."  Hopefully the PUC will concur.  

In addition to their route permit, Xcel must obtain from the PUC a Certificate of Need (CON).  To secure their CON, Xcel must prove to the PUC that the electricity needed cannot be supplied by other means such as conservation, local power generation, off-peak storage, smart grid, etc.  The Midtown Greenway Coalition does not have the resources or mission to support work on energy conservation, so we will not be leading the CON battle. (However, Tim will continue to share info with us.)

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Tim Springer 

Executive Director 
Midtown Greenway Coalition 
2834 10th Avenue South 
Greenway Level Suite 2 
Minneapolis, MN  55407