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CapX2020 Xcel Energy POWER engineers line design

CapX2020: Getting It Right

CapX2020’s major upgrade to the upper Midwest’s grid gave Xcel Energy an opportunity to evaluate many facets of line design and construction.

Every once in a while there is an opportunity to do something exceptional. Such a rare opportunity presented itself on a CapX2020 project stretching between Fargo, North Dakota, and Monticello, Minnesota. CapX2020 is a joint initiative of 11 U.S. utilities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The utilities’ goal is to upgrade and expand the grid to ensure continued reliable service well into the future and to expand access to new generation, including renewable energy.

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