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CapX2020 project progressing despite wet spring weather

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The weather played no favors for construction projects in our area this spring, and among those is the CAPX 2020 power project running through Pine Island and LaCrosse.

Tim Carlsgaard, communications manager for Excel Energy, says this phase of the project should end on time, but they are behind schedule on construction of a new substation near Pine Island because of the soggy spring.

The Pine Island substation will act as the main terminal where the 345 kw and 115kw lines come together. The two 115-lines will then branch off in Pine Island a provide energy to Rochester.

That segment is expected to be done by the end of the summer. When it is complete, the city of Rochester will be able to purchase its energy from the grid and not from RPU's Silver lake plant.

"They have already announced that they will close that coal plant and, today, they are still using it because of this hot weather, trying to meet their needs. But they're burning through the remainder of their coal piles," Carlsgaard said.

Caarlsgaard says the branch coming into northwest Rochester is now 70 percent complete. The entire CAPX2020 project is scheduled to be up and running in 2015.

When all is said and done, the project will add more than 700 new miles of transmission lines.

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