The Arrowhead-Weston project seems to have momentum in its favor. Opponents of a power line from Duluth to Wausau lost a legal battle Tuesday. The appeals court upheld a decision from a Marathon County judge that blocked the environmental groups, Save Our Unique Lands (SOUL), and Clean Wisconsin, from joining in a challenge to the line.
A spokeswoman for the group says the decision is moot since regulators are taking a second look anyway since the price has doubled. Also, at a hearing last week, a state engineer said the line will significantly enhance the performance of the transmission system. Even a spokesman for SOUL is quoted by American Transmission System as saying he sees the project as "viable and prudent."
The C.E.O. of Wisconsin Public Service says if these lines are not built, there are going to be serious problems.
"Wisconsin is perilously close to having inadequate supplies of energy available during high-use periods that could manifest itself in the form of not having enough generation or not having enough transmission to get it where it needs to go," says C.E.O. Larry Weyers.
Four more public hearings on the power lines are going to be held, including one in Wausau on Friday October 3.