Xcel’s Hiawatha Project is sitting there like the fart in the elevator, and I’m wondering what they’re doing in the back rooms of Minneapolis City Hall when we’re not looking.

Two events coming up in January:

Community Forum on Xcel’s Hiawatha Project

Sponsored by the Phillips Community Energy Cooperative, the Coalition, and others
Monday, January 12, 2009
At Plaza Verde
1516 East Lake Street
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

… and an Open House, another opportunity to dig into this project and find out what’s really going on:

Xcel Energy’s Next Public Open House on the Hiawatha Project
Thursday, January 15, 2009
At Plaza Verde, 1516 East Lake Street
Noon to 2:00 p.m.
And 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Here’s something to make your head scratch… the project is based on a study of south Minneapolis, which they confirm on their site:

Xcel Energy planners have conducted a 20-year long-range electric delivery system study for south Minneapolis and determined that infrastructure improvements are needed to meet capacity deficiencies and support continued growth and economic vitality.

OK, so where is it?  They won’t produce it!  Local stakeholders have asked nicely, they even say “PLEASE?” and nope, no study.  Contact Betty Mirzayi (betty.mirzayi[at]xcelenergy.com), Pam Rassmussen (pamela.jo.rasmussen[at]xcelenergy.com) and Paul Adelmann (paul.adelmann[at]xcelenergy.com) and ask them for a copy of the South Minneapolis study that’s the basis for the Hiawatha Project.

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