Utilities split on permit process change

Posted Tuesday, February 25, 2014 --- 5:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's utility companies are divided on a bill that could change the way the state issues permits for transmission line projects.

The proposed legislation would require the Department of Natural Resources to grant or deny a permit for a project within 30 days. That process currently can take months. The bill allows the DNR one opportunity to request more information on a project before it assesses its environmental impact.

Xcel Energy and Dairyland Power Cooperative support the bill. Xcel government affairs director Matt Pagel says delays can cost money, which is passed on to ratepayers.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports not all utilities are on board. We Energies, Alliant Energy and Madison Gas & Electric oppose the bill. Some say the current process works just fine.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
NBC15 615 Forward Drive Madison, Wisconsin 53711 Business: 608-274-1515 Newsroom: 608-274-1500
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 247034471 - nbc15.com/a?a=247034471
Gray Television, Inc.