At their regular meeting May 26, the Dodge County Commissioners held a virtual meeting with two representatives from NextEra Energy and the commissioners learned that the 170-megawatt project is back on track and is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2022. The NextEra officials said a new customer was able to solve the “interconnection issues” that caused the company to stop the project in January. They explained that they plan to submit the PUCC applications this fall and if all goes well with the permitting process, construction will begin in earnest in the spring of 2022.
All interested parties in the project will be notified as the permitting process rolls forward.
Right now, workers are in the county doing soil testing and other work within the project area itself which has not changed. The workers are practicing social distancing, working outside, and are not sharing cars. Their work will be completed by mid-June.The route for the 345-kV high-voltage transmission line is substantially the same except the line will go to the Pleasant Valley substation instead of the Byron substation. A new map will be provided by the company in the near future.