High voltage power lines across Minnesota approved

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Minnesota utility regulators have approved plans for three new high voltage transmission lines from South Dakota across Minnesota. Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission granted approval for the project today on the condition that one of the lines carry energy produced by renewable sources like wind power. Xcel Energy and Great River Energy are the two companies pushing for the lines and still await approval on the transmission line routes, as well as approval in Wisconsin, South Dakota and North Dakota. KFAI’s Catherine Willman spoke to Jeremy Chips and Paula Maccabee, who represented the Citizens Energy Task Force at the hearing yesterday.

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