FERC Denies Protest Over $445M Midwest Power Line Project

Law360, New York (July 3, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT) -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday declined to nix Xcel Energy Inc.'s planned $445 million, 345-kilovolt transmission line designed to increase electrical capacity across the upper Midwest, dismissing a complaint from two advocacy groups who said the expansion would lead to grid instability.

A panel of three FERC commissioners said complainants Citizens Energy Task Force and Save Our Unique Lands failed to provide analysis to support their claim that the project — which involves running a transmission line from Hampton, Minn., to a planned substation...
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