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This webpage contains information and documents related to the permitting of this project by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Every project before the Commission has an electronic docket (eDocket), a file folder for all of the project's documents.

Documents for this project are listed below in the File Register, most recent documents first. To view the eDockets record for this project, click on the eDockets link below, or click on the eDockets tab in the File Register. A subset of the record, including key documents with descriptions, is available by clicking on the Energy Facilities tab in the File Register.

For more information about participating in the permitting of this project, click on the How to Participate tab, or contact the environmental review manager or public advisor listed below.

Project Docket

Docket No TL-07-1327
Project name Bemidji - Grand Rapids 230 kV Transmission Project
Applicant Ottertail Power; Minnesota Power: Minnkota Power Cooperative
Description The proposed project is a 68-mile, 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line from Bemidji to Grand Rapids, MN
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Beltrami County; Cass County; Hubbard County; Itasca County
Docket created: October 17, 2007
Contacts: Suzanne Steinhauer, 651-539-1843, Environmental Review Manager.
Ray Kirsch, 651-539-1841, Public Advisor.
Status:
 
06-26-2008
Application accepted
 
08-11-2008
Public meeting
 
04-2-2009
Scoping decision
 
02-24-2010
Draft EIS available
 
04-21-2010
Public hearing
 
09-2-2010
Final EIS available
 
11-5-2010
Permit issued
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 07-1327
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Project Summary

Otter Tail Power Company, Minnesota Power, and Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. propose to construct and operate a 230 kV transmission line from the Wilton Substation, just west of Bemidji, Minnesota to the Boswell Substation in Cohasset, Minnesota, just northwest of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  The proposed routes for the transmission line cross sections of Beltrami, Hubbard, Cass and Itasca County.  The Office of Energy Security (OES) will be seeking comments during specific phases of the site permitting process. Relevant documents for the routing process and the CN process are included in this project docket (see "File Register" below).

The proposed project is a large energy facility and requires a route permit and a Certificate of Need (CN) from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. The CN was issued July 14, 2009

The Project requires the approval of cooperating federal agencies including the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), the Forest Service, the Corps of Engineers, and the Leech Lake Reservation Band of Ojibwe.  

Three route alternatives and 20 segment alternatives are evaluated in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) published on February 23, 2010.  Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement are being accepted through April 26, 2010.

The complete record for the route permit and the CN can be found on eDockets at: https://www.edockets.state.mn.us/EFiling/search.jsp.  For the site permit record, search on the year 07 and the number 1327.  For the CN record, search on the year 07 and the number 1222

File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
11/18/10 Commission Order granting HVTL Route Permit
Commission Order, Findings of Fact, and Route Permit for the Bemidji-Grand Rapids 230 kV transmission line
10/19/10 EFP Comments and Recommendations to PUC for a Route Permit for the Bemidji - Grand Rapid 230 kV Transmission Project
EFP staff comments to the Minnesota Public Utilites Commission recommending Route 4 (Applicants' Route)
09/20/10 Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Report for the Bemijdi - Grand Rapids 230 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
ALJ summary of heairng testimony, Findings of Fact, Conclusions and Recommendations for HVTL Route Permit
09/02/10 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) -- Bemidji - Grand Rapids 230 kV Transmission Line Project
The FEIS evaluates 4 route alternatives and 20 segment alternatives for the proposed 230 kV transmission line connecting the Wilton Substation, located west of Bemidji, with the Boswell Substation in Cohasset. The FEIS incorporates and responds to comments received on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
09/02/10 Notice of Availablity - Final Environmental Impact Statement | document details
The Minnesota Department of Commerce Office of Energy Security (OES) announces the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Bemidji-Grand Rapids 230kV transmission line project.
04/05/10 Notice of Public Hearing for the Proposed Bemidji - Grand Rapids 230 kV Transmission Line | document details
The Office of Administrative Hearings will conduct public hearings on the proposed transmission line project in the cities of Blackduck, Bemidji, Cass Lake, and Deer River, during April 21 - 23, 2010. Comments can be submitted to the judge through 4:30 PM on May 3, 2010.
02/24/10 Notice of Draft EIS Availability and Public Information Meetings | document details
Notice of availability of the draft EIS for the Bemidji Grand Rapids 230 kV Transmission Project. Public meetings will be held on the draft March 16 -18 in North Central Minnesota. The comment period on the draft is open until 4:30 PM on April 26, 2010.
02/23/10 Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Bemidji-Grand Rapids 230 kV Transmission Line
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) provides a discussion of the social, economic, and environmental resources potentially impacted by the proposed project and its alternatives. The impacts evaluated include 3 route alternatives and 20 route segments
02/11/10 Revised Scoping Decision for Bemidji-Grand Rapids | document details
The revised Scoping Decision includes additional alternatives as a result of routing constraints discoverd during the preparation of the Draft Environemtnal Impact Statement
05/04/09 Bemidji - Grand Rapids 230 kV Transmission Project Environmental Report
Environmental Report pertaining to the Certificate of Need proceeding for the Bemidji - Grand Rapids 230 kV Transmission Project
04/02/09 Bemidji-Grand Rapids EIS Scoping Decision | document details
The scoping decision identifies the issues and alternatives that the Director of the OES has determined are appropriate for inclusion in the Bemidji-Grand Rapids 230 kV Transmission Line Project Environmental Impact Statement, along with the schedule for completion of the document
03/25/09 Public Information Meeting Transcripts
Transcripts of public information meetings on the proposed Bemidji - Grand Rapids 230 kV Transmission Line. The meetings were held in the project area the week of August 11 - 15, 2008.
11/18/08 Public Scoping Comments | document details
Comments on the scope of the Bemidji to Grand Rapids 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line EIS received from members of the public, agencies and local governments. Public Comments are grouped alphabetically
09/24/08 Advisory Task Force Report for the Bemidji - Grand Rapids Transmission Line Project | document details
The report of the Advisory Task Force identifying issues and impacts to be considered in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project.
08/04/08 Notice of Bemidji - Grand Rapids Advisory Task Force Meeting | document details
Notice of the second meeting of the Advisory Task Force for the Bemidji - Grand Rapids 230 kV Transmission Line Project to be held August 13, 2008, in Cass Lake, MN
07/22/08 Notice of Public Information Meetings for the Bemidji - Grand Rapids Transmission Line Project | document details
The Office of Energy Security will conduct public information meetings in the North Central Minnesota towns of Blackduck, Cass Lake, Deer River, Bemidji, and Walker the week of August 11, 2008
07/03/08 Notice of Bemidji - Grand Rapids Advisory Task Force Meeting | document details
Notice of the first meeting of the Bemidji - Grand Rapids 230 kV Transmission Project Advisory Task Force to be held July 14, 2008, in Cass Lake, MN.
07/02/08 Notice of Appointment of Bemidji - Grand Rapids Advisory Task Force | document details
Notice of the appointment of an Advisory Task Force to assist with the Bemidji - Grand Rapids 230 kV Transmission Project Environmental Impact Statement scoping process.
06/30/08 Commission Order Accepting Application | document details
Public Utilities Commission Order accepting route permit application
06/26/08 Energy Facility Permitting Staff Comments & Recommendations on Acceptance of the Bemidji Grand Rapids 230 kV Transmission Line Project Application | document details
Staff comments recommending that the route permit application for the Bemidji Grand Rapids 230 kV Transmission Line Project be accepted as substantially complete.
06/04/08 Application for a Route Permit for the Bemidji to Grand Rapids 230 kV Transmission Line Project
Application for a High Voltage Transmission Line (HVTL) Permit for the Bemidji -- Grand Rapids 230 kV Transmission Project proposed by Otter Tail Power Company, Minnesota Power. Please note that some files are quite large and may take quite some time to download
04/02/08 EFP Staff Comments and Recommendations to PUC, 4.2.08 | document details
EFP Staff Comments and Recommendations on Appointment of an Advisory Task Force
03/17/08 Certificate of Need Application for the Bemidji - Grand Rapids 230 kV Transmission Line Project
The certificate of need application from Otter Tail Power Company, Minnesota Power, and Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. for a proposed 230 kV transmission line from Bemidji to Grand Rapids, MN.

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