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First CapX2020 161 kilovolt (kV) line energized for Rochester area

The first of two 161 kV transmission lines for the Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse (WI) part of the CapX2020 transmission project was energized on May 15, providing increased electric reliability to the Rochester area.


The 161 kV line spans from the new North Rochester substation to RPU’s Northern Hills substation. Another 161 kV line is scheduled to go in-service to the east of Rochester in 2015.


This is the first major electric transmission project in southeast Minnesota in over 30 years. When complete, the Rochester area will have added redundancy in its transmission infrastructure providing for added security and reliability.


Completion of the Rochester-Hampton-La Crosse (WI) transmission line project is scheduled for late 2015.


The other partners on this line along with RPU include: Xcel Energy, SMMPA, Dairyland, and WPPI.


For additional information on CapX2020, visit the CapX2020 website at or contact RPU at 507.280.1500.


About Rochester Public Utilities


As the municipal utility of Rochester, Minn., for more than 120 years, RPU provides high-quality and reliable electricity to over 50,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 38,000.  RPU continually investigates innovative technologies to help customers realize the best value from the services they receive.  Current initiatives include smart grid, water sustainability, wind power, and photovoltaic offerings.



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