Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project: Interview with Ted V. Lennick
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Lennick was born and raised in Minot, North Dakota. After graduating from high school, he worked for a utility company in the area and then joined the Army where he was a first lieutenant in the artillery. He attended Grand Forks University of North Dakota after returning from the army and received a degree in electical engineering in 1957. He worked for several utilities before joining CPA as an engineer. At the time of the interview he was general manager of CPA. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Background. CPA - structure; source of power; Coal Creek Project; power useage. The powerline project - the plant; cost; AC vs. DC line; informing public; West Coast trip. Line - safety; alternatives to overhead line. Power Plant Siting Act. Public hearings. Corridor and line routing - eliminating corridor process; exemption of wildlife lands; routing along highway 94; obtaining easements; tower placement. Use of eminent domain - whole farm option; determining value of land and payment. Opposition to the line - reaction to; working with the groups; concerns of opposition; dealing with; vandalism. Status of transmission line and plant. Roles of Governors Anderson and Perpich. Mediation sessions. Science court. Operation costs and rate increases. Future for utilities - lifeline rates; government involvement; sources of power and research for alternatives; changes in planning future plants and powerlines. Role of the media in portraying the controversy. Impact of controversy on job. Line to Mankato. How project might have been done differently.
Quantity 3 hours sound cassette
49 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 180 minutes length
Place Made in: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Creation Interviewee: Lennick, T. V.
Interviewer: Nelson, Edward P.
Interviewer: Fogerty, James E.
Dates Creation: 09/12/1978 - 09/19/1978
(Interviews conducted 9/12/1978 and 9/19/1978.)
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 25
Accession Number AV1988.180.23
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Powerline Oral History Project'

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