WEB EXTRA: What's the CapX2020 Project in MN?

Updated: 07/28/2014 2:12 PM KSTP.com By: Jenna Jaynes




Photo: Photo Courtesy CapX2020

A Scott County construction accident that led to one worker's death and another person injured was at a CapX2020 project site.

The CapX2020 Project consists of 11 utilities in Minnesota and the surrounding area. It's intended to expand the electric transmission grid.

The CapX2020 Project is intended to meet an increasing demand for electricity. The Minnesota Department of Commerce says electricity consumption in the state has nearly doubled since 1980, because homes are larger and there are more electronic items and appliances.

The project is providing 8,000 jobs during construction. At each work site, there are 30-35 workers doing electrical work. The materials are local too.

8,700 tons of rebar is being manufactured at a plant in Northeast Minneapolis. It's used in foundations to support the transmission towers. In addition, enough concrete is being used on the project to build three Target Field stadiums.

CapX2020 is expected to generate $49 million dollars in state and federal tax dollars in Minnesota.

The Brookings County-Hampton project, a section of the CapX2020 project, plans to run 250 miles of transmission lines between North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

The injured workers were part of the Brookings County-Hampton project.

The new transmission lines are being built in different phases:

You can see the route here.

For more information on the project click here.