Who Benefits as Power Lines Crisscross WI?
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The Capital Times asks this important question as more and more lines stretch across Madison’s Beltline. In writing the piece, the capital times reached out to ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner.
“Howard Learner of the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago says the cost-sharing sounds good in theory but claims it doesn’t go far enough in making those who use the line pay for it.
For example, MISO on its maps shows a transmission line running from Green Bay into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where the only large electric users are a pair of mining operations. But Wisconsin customers could end up paying most of the construction cost under the current scenarios.
‘Everybody wants to use other people’s money to pay for the transmission they want for their own purposes,’ says Learner.”