ATC has changed its tune. It’s no longer using energy need to justify the building of Cardinal-Hickory Creek; now it’s all about grid reliability. Once again, this is a false issue. Our real reliability issues in Southwest Wisconsin are with the distribution lines – those wooden poles that bring electricity to our homes, businesses, and farms – not the high voltage transmission lines that ATC builds. If ATC is talking about the reliability of the national grid, of which the ATC lines are a part, decentralized micro-grids that generate power locally and that can be coupled and then uncoupled when there’s a danger of wide spread black outs, are more reliable in preventing massive grid level failures.
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Driftless Defenders will again be walking in the parade and possibly have a table at the Cobb Corn Roast Festival.
The corn roast activities run from August 8th – 12th. We will be there Sunday, August 12th. The parade is at 2pm.
If you’d like to volunteer to assist please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line is NOT A DONE DEAL. Join us and show your support for the opposition! Learn more about the latest progress on the application process, the financial challenges that are ahead and how you can help. Area candidates for State Assembly, State Senate and Governor have been invited. All are welcome!
MT HOREB (WKOW) —
A group rallied in Mount Horeb Saturday to bring attention to the driftless area.
They call themselves the “Driftless Defenders” and are concerned about a proposed 125-mile transmission line that would run through the area.
The group believes the Military Ridge State Trail would be threatened by the transmission lines. Organizer Betsy D’Angelo says, “Bikers and hikers use that trail all the time to have a nice experience in nature. If ATC has its way that trail would have huge industrial-sized steel towers on it.”
27 News reached out to American Transmission Company (ATC) Friday ahead of the rally, which released this statement:
“The application for the Cardinal-Hickory-Creek transmission line project will be reviewed by the Public Service Commission, with opportunities for public involvement. We appreciate the public’s input in helping to evaluate possible routes over the last few years; that input helped shape our application. We looked at hundreds of paths for these lines and made adjustments based on what we learned from area residents. The project is designed to improve electric reliability, access to lower-cost power and access to cost-effective, in-demand renewable resources. It would also improve the flexibility of the grid to address the retirement of traditional power plants and the addition of new sources of electric generation.”
One of our Driftless Defenders members is producing 8 x 8 foot plywood anti-ATC signs in his barn. So far seven have been made and placed in high traffic locations from Dodgeville to Mount Horeb. He is looking for more locations along 18/151, 14, and 18 that have good visibility in either direction. It is essential to have an old farm implement or barn that he could mount the sign to. There is no cost for these first signs. Others will be produced at no charge for good locations, but donations and volunteers to help produce more signs would be helpful. Plywood, paint, templates, and hardware cost about $65 per 8 x 8 sign. If you are good with a paint roller you can help! Templates for the signs are ready and waiting! Contact outreach@DriftlessDefenders.com if you know of a location, farm implement, and/or can help in any way.
Celebrate the Driftless Rally!
and also join our early morning #IDIDARIDE (bicycle event)
Saturday, June 30th, 11 am – 3 pm
Registration link here: Celebrate the Driftless
GrandStay Hotel‘s back lawn
Live music! Kids activities!
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