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No decision yet on Black Hills project

Posted at 6:33 PM, Jan 09, 2020

A decision on a project from Black Hills Energy will have to wait for another day.

Pueblo County Commissioners hosted a meeting Thursday regarding the proposed reliability upgrade for Southern Colorado. That plan would include a transmission line running from Pueblo West through Penrose to Cañon City. Commissioners denied a similar project last year.

In this effort, Black Hills Energy is buying land from Pueblo West to build a sub-station and wants to build the line close to businesses, as opposed to houses on Industrial. The company says the plan will meet the demand of its customers, but people who live in the area said they don't want this in their backyard.

"We just request that they keep this out of neighborhoods," said Melvin Manrose, who lives in Pueblo West. "There is no reason for it to go through a neighborhood because there is no existing transmission line in Wildhorse Creek."

The next meeting is set for Feb. 13.

It is no secret that the City of Pueblo is trying to move forward with a plan of their own to unplug from Black Hills Energy and create a municipal utility. Customers have complained of high electric rates.

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