IUB Hearing on Cardinal-Hickory Transmission Line Continues Dec. 12
The Iowa Utilities Board evidentiary hearing on a petition for proposed electric transmission lines in Dubuque and Clayton counties will resume at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, December 12. The petition in Docket No. E-22386 was filed by ITC Midwest LLC (ITC Midwest) and Dairyland Power Cooperative (Dairyland) on May 11, 2018. The three-day hearing began December 10 and is scheduled through Thursday, December 12, at the Hotel Julien, 200 Main St. in Dubuque. It is available for viewing via live-stream video.
The petitioners seek to build approximately 14.25 miles of 345 kV electric transmission line and 2.44 miles of 161 kV electric transmission line as part of a larger project that would extend to Montfort, Wis., and Middleton, Wis. The proposed 345 kV line in Iowa would connect to the existing ITC Midwest Hickory Creek substation in Dubuque County. The proposed 161 kV line would be double-circuited with the proposed 345 kV line and would connect to ITC Midwest's Turkey River substation in Clayton County.
Iowa Code chapter 478 gives the IUB authority to grant or deny the petition; ITC Midwest and Dairyland cannot build the proposed transmission lines unless the IUB grants the franchise to do so. To obtain a franchise, the petitioners are required to show that the proposed lines are necessary to serve a public use and represent a reasonable relationship to an overall plan of transmitting electricity in the public interest.
Also, ITC Midwest and Dairyland have requested the right of eminent domain over seven parcels of property affected by the proposed transmission line route. Iowa Code § 478.15 gives the IUB authority to grant or deny the right of eminent domain. A hearing is required before eminent domain may be granted. Learn more about eminent domain here.
The IUB has granted intervention in this matter to the Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) and Clean Grid Alliance (CGA), Fresh Energy, and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA), collectively referred to as the Clean Energy Intervenors. The parties, including the Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA), a division of the Iowa Department of Justice that represents all consumers generally in proceedings before the IUB, agreed to a procedural schedule that included the upcoming hearing.
Following the hearing, the IUB will review all evidence presented by the petitioners, the OCA, the intervenors, and any objectors or persons with an interest in a parcel potentially subject to eminent domain proceedings. The IUB also will review rules, law, previous court cases, and IUB orders that apply to this case before issuing a Final Decision and Order.