Wednesday, September 19th

The measurement of progress is at times an inexact science akin to the eye of the beholder. Not every advancement of science or latest technology equates to progress.

I’ve thought about that often this summer as my work commute takes me past the construction zone of the northern portion of the Badger Coulee Transmission Line project. The 186-mile powerline runs from Holmen to near Madison and will cost an estimated $580 million. It is a joint venture of American Transmission Co. and utilities including Xcel Energy and La Crosse-based Dairyland Power Cooperative

The project was years in the making and there were many in support and against. The application approved by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission in 2015 said that the project will improve electric reliability, provide lower-cost power and bring more wind power to customers. It will become part of a transmission grid and connect with the CapX2020 high-voltage line from Minnesota.