WASHBURN – People live in Bayfield County for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the quality of life: clean air, clean water and natural beauty. Whenever these qualities are threatened, Bayfield County citizens tend to let their voices be heard.

One such instance is with Bayfield Peninsula Energy Alternatives, a grassroots study group formed in September around concerns related to the Xcel Energy Bayfield 2nd Circuit Transmission Project: a new 22-mile, 34.5kV line from the Ashland area to Bayfield with a budget of $26,000,000.

When Roy Settgas heard about Xcel’s proposal in August, he immediately contacted his neighbors.

“I got involved with BPEA, because this transmission line would create a new utility rightof-way down the road I live on, across one end of my property, and along primary roads I drive nearly every day,” he said.

Settgas and many other citizens from the five townships affected by the proposal were surprised by how this plan differed from the one Xcel proposed in 2013, which was intended to accomplish the same purpose: to increase electrical reliability and provide additional support to minimize power outages cross the Bayfield Peninsula. That plan did not include any new right-of-ways. Instead, it double-circuited or paralleled the existing 30-year old transmission line route.

To read the entire article, visit: http://www.apg-wi.com/bpea-presents-renewable-energy-alternatives-to-xcel

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