Local line project subject of federal lawsuit, Minnesota law reportedly violates U.S. Constitution

By |2018-04-17T13:09:09-05:00April 17th, 2018|

A proposed transmission line project between Winnebago and Mankato is now the subject of a federal lawsuit. Xcel Energy is working to connect its Wilmarth substation to the ITC Huntley Substation, an approximately 50-mile stretch of 345-kilovolt line. Officials are still in the regulation process, but plan for the line to be in-service by 2021. LSP Transmission Holdings attempted to bid on the project, but the project wasn’t eligible for competitive biding under Minnesota’s right-to-first-refusal law. The U.S. Justice Department has weighed in on the law and says it’s anticompetitive and violates the U.S. Constitution.  According to the Star Tribune, LSP [...]