State gives final approval for high-voltage power line

MADISON - Wisconsin regulators have given final approval to a $580 million high-voltage power line that will run between Madison and La Crosse.

The Public Service Commission approved the 180-mile line on Thursday. American Transmission Co. and Xcel Energy next month plan to begin negotiations with homeowners along the route.

The utilities say the 345,000-volt line will give the state a more robust electrical system as coal plants are retired, provide savings to Wisconsin customers and make it easier to import wind energy from Iowa and Minnesota.

Full story: WJFW

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