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Public comments NEEDED on the Certificate of Need Xcel Energy Public Hearings Wed. March 16

Plaza Verde, 1516 E. Lake St., 3rd floor ballroom

Afternoon session 2 p.m. – Evening session 6 p.m.

This is the time to bring up ideas on alternative energy sources

MN Office of Energy Security (OES) will conduct a public information meeting Wed., March 16, on the Certificate of Need application submitted by Northern States Power Company (Xcel Energy)… for the proposed 115kV high voltage transmission lines in the Midtown area of south Minneapolis.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information to the public about the project and to identify issues and alternatives to study in an ER that will be prepared by OES Energy Facility Permitting (EEP) staff.

During the meetings, OES EEP staff will give a presentation about the state’s high voltage transmission line permitting process, certificate of need process, the proposed project, and how the public can participate. … Members of the public will have an opportunity to ask questions, present comments, and propose issues, impacts and alternatives to be studied in the ER.

Bring all your friends even if not everyone plans to speak. It is important that the room be packed with an overflow crowd. If you testify, introduce yourself, give a short one or two sentence testimony on how mitigation, conservation and.or sustainable locally-produced electricity will help you, our neighborhoods and the small and large businesses located here. Suggest methods Xcel can use instead of the high transmission lines. You don’t have to have all the answers – it is Xcel’s job to look into all the suggestions offered!

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