June 26th, 2009
LS Power is proposing to put a massive 800+ MW gas peaking plant in Chisago County, right by the Chisago County substation. This isn’t news for regular Legalectric readers, but the community is just starting to wake up.
This plant was the subject of a utility personal property tax exemption bill introduced by area legislators, Rep. Jeremy Kalin and Sen. Rick Olseen, and they introduced it without notifying local governments that they were pulling out a lot of much needed funding by exempting the plant from taxes (if local residents have to pay taxes, shouldn’t they? How is LS Power special?). THIS SAYS THE GOVERNOR VETOED IT.
When it came up at the county, and a Commissioner wanted to send a thank you to Kalin and Olseen, things got a little hot:
Chairman Montzka pointed out that all Walker wanted was to let Rick Olseen and Jeremy Kalin know their work at the capitol was appreciated. The LS Power project is under Lent Township zoning authority and while there will be county involvement in wetland issues, etc. the permitting of the facility is not a county matter.
That’s encouraging, not everyone is toadying…
There have been meetings this week about the LS Power proposal, one on Monday for “stakeholders” it seems, and another on Tuesday for the public. The one on Monday, well, we need more information… like, who’s a “stakeholder,” and who decides?
As for Tuesday, here’s a link:
And will you look at who was there?!?!?!
And I hear they’ll be holding another next Monday, so you should go if you’re interested:
I’m struck by how the statutory reference on the “Friends” site is only to Chapter 216E, the siting and routing process, and worse, it focuses on the the shortened “Ram it Through” alternate review... if they’ve got that up their sleeves, they’ll need a whack upside da head on that one. And if it’s shortened review, they have the option of “local review.” Is that the plan? FOR AN 855MW PLANT??? GUESS AGAIN, CUPCAKE!!!
And so, welcome to the Certificate of Need concept.
It seems to me that they had at least one similar meeting over a year ago, in April, 2008, looking at a snippet from Larry Baker’s page — who was regarded as a “stakeholder” then??
LS Power’s proposal is moving along in the MISO queue:
As you can see from the G975 chart in the study above, G975 has a few problems:
Here’s an earlier report from one of the three prior MISO queue’d projects for this location:
… and what’s interesting about is, first, they eliminated a reconductoring option because it was deemed too costly, not feasible, and here are the other options, starting with Option 2, p. 7 in the study above:
See that big honkin’ 345kV line that would have to be built?!?!
And for Option 3, p. 8:
More transmission lines to be built…
Either way you look at it, we’re talking lots of big transmission in Chisago land.
Whatever are they thinking?