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Public Service Commission Approves Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line

Commissioners Say Project Will Enhance Reliability While Moving Toward Clean Energy Goals

The Public Service Commission has unanimously approved the construction of a roughly 100-mile transmission line through southwestern Wisconsin. 

The Cardinal-Hickory Creek project is expected to cost more than $500 million and create between $23 million and $350 million in economic benefits to Wisconsin over its 40-year lifespan. 

PSC Chairwoman Rebecca Valcq said to characterize their decision on the project as difficult was an understatement. 

"It was not easy and I went back and forth, but for me the risks of not building this line and being wrong are just too great," said Valcq. "I’m voting for the project to ensure energy reliability in our region and access to lower cost clean energy can be achieved."


Ken Notes: I did see this coming and wrote about the inevitable approval of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek line often. I will continue to advocate for Driftless area amenities like trails, public land set asides, camping, promotion of tourism in the region, and economic development -- but I fear we have lost much if not all of our leverage now that the project is approved. It also suggest that renewable power need not be a distributed regional system so watch for more mega solar and wind systems. Please share this and continue to write and discuss how we transition to renewable energy in the future. Finally even the 15% figure is a lot for Wisconsin to pay for a system built to primarily serve other States.

You may have noticed that DriftlessNotes.com is on hiatus while I try to find a working economic model for it`s continued operation, but this story and project will dissect the region and needs to be told. Please share, talk and continue to advocate for the Driftless - I know I will...

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Ken Notes: These spots are all up for grabs in 2019!! Email us at Editor@DriftlessNotes.com...

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The "Decoding the Driftless" film news...


Ken Notes: Schedule you showing today!!!

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Calendars From The Driftless

Ken Notes: Have an event calendar from the Driftless? Send it to us at Editor@DriftlessNotes.com We look at these each week for ideas to feature in DriftlessNotes....

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The Region
This map, is a great illustration of the entire region we want to share with our readers.  In the coming months, we will be expanding our channels, adding original content to motivate and inspire, and illustrate  with you the opportunities for community, business, and personal growth that exist in this special and unique region.  

Look for announcements in coming issues as to how you too can get involved with this regional initiative for sustainable and vibrant growth and perspective on how we can best share "our common ground".


Ken Notes: We should use a detailed map like this to share the resources of the driftless: Like:
  • Hiking
    • Bike Trails
    • Places to Stay
    • Places To Eat
    • Breweries and Wineries
    • Organic Farms and Food Outlets
    • Camping
    • Trout Fishing
    • Canoe and Kayak Streams and Rivers
    • Day Trips
    • .... And More

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One Region One Voice DriftlessNotes.com


Below are the guiding principals for DriftlessNotes in 2019

If you have something to add, delete, or modify
Please email us at Editor@DriftlessNotes.com

  • Brand Identity For The Driftless Region And Our Local Products

  • Highlight The Venues, Events, And Activities Throughout The Region Year Round

  • "Driftless" Recognition At The State, Regional, National, And Global Levels

  • Regional Economic Development, New Jobs, And Training

  • Sustaining And Growing The Existing Businesses In The Region

  • Tourism - Including Traditional, Ag, Sports, Nature And Eco Tourism

  • Promoting Special Events In The Region

  • Promote And Support Agriculture - Especially Organic Farming And Products

  • Land Conservation And Use In The Driftless

  • Environmental Issues That Impact The Driftless Region

  • A Legislative Agenda That Supports The Region In Four States

  • Showcase Opportunities For Investors, Visitors And Residents Unique To The Driftless Region
- Ken Harwood, Editor


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