TOWN OF HOLLAND, WI (WXOW)—The Town of Holland held an informational meeting Wednesday to discuss their opposition to the Badger Coulee Line.
It's the proposal, from American Transmission Company and Xcel Energy, to build a power line system from Madison through La Crosse where it would connect with Cap X 2020.
Holland doesn't want the proposed northern line coming through town because they say it decreases property values.
With in 1,000 feet of this line, they say values can drop 15 percent.
The community thinks the poles are too big, unsightly and they've heard you can hear crackling near the poles in humid areas.
"There's some studies out there that could affect bird migrations and populations," Brian Meeter, Citizens Energy Committee Member said. "You know if it affects bird migrations and it can affect cows, it can affect other animals, doesn't it affect humans as well? That's what we're worried about."
Holland is asking people to join their Neighborhood Preservation Committee to help them raise money to hire a lawyer to fight on their behalf in Madison.
They're also asking people to sign their online petition.
ATC and Xcel said the Badger Coulee Line has many benefits including: enabling Wisconsin to import power better, alleviate stability issues on regional transmission grid, and connect to renewable resources in the nations western wind alley that could save hundreds of millions of dollars.
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