New power line runs through Otter Tail County
CapX2020 is a joint initiative of 11 transmission owning utilities, including Fergus Falls-based Otter Tail Power Company. Included are four 345,000-volt transmission lines and one 230,000-volt line.
One of the projects runs through southwestern Otter Tail County.
This is the largest development of new transmission in the Upper Midwest in nearly 40 years. The lines are projected to cost more than $2 billion and cover nearly 800 miles.
The CapX2020 line running through Otter Tail County is a double circuit 345,000-volt transmission line. It’s being built between a new Bison Substation west of Fargo, the existing Alexandria Switching Station in Alexandria and the new Quarry Substation west of St. Cloud.
Otter Tail Power Company officials say the new line will improve community reliability in Otter Tail County and other areas along the route. The project is also expected to support additional generation development, including renewable generation, in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota.
Construction of the Fargo to St. Cloud 345,000-volt line started in 2012 and is scheduled for completion in 2015.
Otter Tail Power Company customers should expect about a 6.5 percent rate increase sometime in the coming months due, in part, to construction of the line.
However, CapX2020 is not the only reason for the upcoming rate increase. read entire story. . . .