Q&A: How counties can use transmission revenue for local benefits

By Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News

A new report aims to highlight the financial benefits that transmission projects can bring to rural counties. Specifically, the report from the Center for Rural Affairs takes a closer look at how counties in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Kansas were impacted economically by transmission lines – during construction of the project, after the lines are in service, and through the taxes and fees that accrue to government bodies.

‘It’s a familiar story that renewable energy brings economic development
to rural areas but we forget that transmission does that, too.”
     – Johnathan Hladik, Center for Rural Affairs Policy Director

Read more here.

Photo: Crews work on the CapX2020 line near St. Cloud, Minnesota in 2013.