Xcel Energy wants a do-over in Plymouth

  • Article by: Tom Meersman , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 25, 2014 - 6:57 AM

The utility seeks to withdraw a power line plan due to opposition. But citizens want to make sure the same plan isn’t floated later.

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jhb8426Jan. 24, 1410:24 PM

Be interesting to see who complains first when they don't have enough power in Plymouth.

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sek2undrstndJan. 24, 1411:07 PM

Why don't they run the line through Benjamin G.S. Fowke the Third's Lake Minnetonka estate?

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pcgradmgresJan. 25, 1412:25 AM

Someone with expertise, please help me understand: why can high voltage lines like this not be buried? Why must they be strung overhead? Thanks!

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pcgradmgresJan. 25, 1412:35 AM

I googled the question "why cant high voltage lines be buried". First result tells you everything there is to know. This is a viable solution to consider: Burying lines solves a whole host of issues created by overhead lines, and, although it requires more initial capital, is more cost-effective in the long run. Lines up to 500 kV have been buried and the projects proven to be the cheaper alternative.

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jld71mnJan. 25, 1410:51 AM

There is no reason that the lines cannot be buried other than it is more expensive and Xcel doesn't want to spend the money. This plan was horrible and based only on what was cheapest for Xcel. It did not take into consideration at all the people whose property was effected. Corporations care only about the bottom line. Heaven forbid they have to spend a little more to do things the right way -- the executives might get a slightly smaller bonus and they can't have that!!

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thedanmanJan. 25, 1411:35 AM

jld71mn, to clarify your statement "it is more expensive and Xcel doesn't want to spend the money." You're right it's more expensive. Extremely expensive compared to overhead. However it's not Xcel's money they're spending. It's their customers money and if the current revenue isn't enough to cover it, they go ask the state if they can increase rates to pay for it. Google 'overhead vs underground power line cost' and click on the sceg.com link and read for yourselves. If you don't like that source, there are countless others to educate you.

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castrunkJan. 27, 14 2:17 PM

It's not a question of burying the lines. The main problem is the routing of the 115kV lines. Xcel wants to use an existing 69kV corridor that runs right over residential properties, wetlands, and public parks. To allow a 115kV corridor, Xcel needs a variance to the narrow the setbacks. Without the variance, many houses would need to be demolished because they're too close to the line. This would still hold true if they wanted to bury the lines. There have been many suggested alternate routes with the most popular among Plymouth residents being along Hwy 55 and I94.

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