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Xcel Energy is a partner in CapX2020, a joint initiative of 11 transmission-owning utilities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota and North Dakota. Its purpose is to expand the electric transmission grid to ensure customers continue to receive reliable, low-cost electricity. It also will increase access to renewable energy sources.
The La Crosse-Madison Transmission Line Project, also known as the Badger Coulee Project, is an approximately 180-mile, 345 kilovolt (kV) line from north of the La Crosse area to northern Dane County. The line will address electric system reliability issues, provide economic savings and support renewable energy policy. Surveying and soil boring work is underway.
Xcel Energy is rebuilding an aging transmission line that connects the Couderay Substation in Sawyer County with the Osprey Substation in Rusk County. The transmission upgrade will meet the area’s growing electricity needs, support additional load growth and strengthen electric reliability. Xcel Energy began line construction on the project in December, 2014 and is expected to be complete in 2016.