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Upper Midwest renewable energy projects spark need for more power lines


October 4, 2021

David Joles/Star Tribune, Star Tribune

Big transmission lines run along Highway 52, across the farmland and seen Wednesday outside Hampton. ] DAVID JOLES • Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, in Hampton, MN Big transmission lines run along Route 52, across the farmland Wednesday near Hampton.

Xcel Energy cut the size of the Crown Ridge II wind farm in South Dakota by one-third because of a growing problem on the Midwest's electricity grid: too much traffic.

As more renewable energy is linked to the grid, transmission capacity is being strained. New projects are facing increasing costs - and longer waits - in connecting to the grid. Some, like Crown Ridge II, get downsized; others get canceled altogether.

"The grid is full today," said Michael Lamb, Minneapolis-based Xcel's senior vice president for transmission.


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