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Project Docket

Docket No ET2/TL-08-712
Project name Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV Transmission Line Project
Applicant Great River Energy; Minnesota Power
Description Application to alternative permitting process for a proposed 115 kilovolt (kV) high voltage transmission line and new breaker station in Cross and Crow Wing counties
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Cass County; Crow Wing County
Docket created: June 18, 2008
Status:
 
08-15-2008
Application accepted
 
09-23-2008
Public meeting
 
10-22-2008
Scoping decision
 
01-6-2009
Environmental document available
 
01-22-2009
Public hearing
 
04-9-2009
Permit issued
 
02-2-2012
Permit Amended
 
07-12-2012
Project built
 
12-3-2012
Docket closed
eDockets 08-712
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Project Summary

On July 17, 2008, Great River Energy and Minnesota Power filed a route permit application with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) for the Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV Transmission Line project under the alternative permitting process.  The application was accepted as complete by the Commission on August 15, 2008.

Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting (EFP) staff held a public information and environmental assessment scoping meeting on September 23, 2008, in Brainerd, Minnnesota.  On October 7, 2008, EFP staff held a public focus group meeting in Baxter, Minnesota, to further solicit public input on the proposed route and route alternatives.  The scoping decision for the environmental assessment was issued on October 22, 2008, and the environmental assessment was made available on January 6, 2009.  A public hearing was conducted on January 22, 2009, with the hearing comment period ending February 6, 2009.

On April 9, 2009, the Commission issued a route permit to Great River Energy and Minnesota Power to construct approximately 9.3 miles of new 115 kV transmission line in Cass and Crow Wing counties, Minnesota.  On Februray 2, 2012, the Commission issued a permit amendment for the project. 

Construction was completed on July 2, 2012.  The project was energized on July 12, 2012. 

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
02/02/12 Minor Alteration and Permit Amendment for the Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
A permit amendment by the Commission for the Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV transmission line project, including amended route permit maps
04/09/09 Route Permit for the Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
The route permit issued by the Commission for the Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV transmission line project, including route permit maps
File Register
DateDocumentDescription
02/02/12 Minor Alteration and Permit Amendment for the Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
A permit amendment by the Commission for the Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV transmission line project, including amended route permit maps
01/18/12 EFP Comments and Recommendations on a Minor Alteration to the Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV Transmission Line Project (1 MB) | document details
EFP staff has submitted comments and recommendations to the Commission concerning the requested route permit minor alterations. The minor alteration request will be considered by the Commission at the January 26, 2012, Agenda Meeting
12/16/11 Notice of Minor Alteration (1 MB) | document details
Great River Energy has applied to the Public Utilities Commission for two deviations from the permitted route of the Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV transmission line project. Comments are being accepted through December 30, 2011
12/12/11 Request for Minor Alteration (4.4 MB) | document details
Great River Energy has applied to the Public Utilities Commission for two deviations from the permitted route of the Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV transmission line project
04/09/09 Route Permit for the Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
The route permit issued by the Commission for the Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV transmission line project, including route permit maps
04/09/09 Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Order issuing a transmission line route permit to Great River Energy and Minnesota Power (4.6 MB) | document details
Route permit to construct approximately nine and three-tenths miles of new 115 kV transmission line in Cass and Crow Wing counties, Minnesota
03/11/09 Staff Comments and Recommendations to the PUC for granting the route permit for the proposed Southdale to Scearcyville transmission line project (1.7 MB) | document details
OES Comments and Recommendations include proposed Findings of Fact and a proposed Route Permit for a Commission Order
01/06/09 Environmental Assessment
Southdale to Scearcyville Environmental Assessment
01/06/09 Southdale to Scearcyville Public Hearing Notice (890 KB) | document details
Notice detailing information on the public hearing to be held on January 22, 2009 on the Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV transmission line route permit application
10/24/08 Public Comments on the Southdale to Scearcyville Scope (1 of 2) [5.2MB] | document details
Public comments submitted to the OES-EFP on the scope of the environmental assessment
10/24/08 Public Comments on the Scope (2 of 2) [6 MB] | document details
Public comments submitted to the OES-EFP on the scope of the environmental assessment
10/24/08 Scoping Decision Document (802 KB) | document details
Director of the OES Scoping Decision for the proposed Southdale to Scearcyville transmission line project environmental assessment
10/20/08 Notice of Southdate to Scearcyville Public Focus Group Meeting (37 KB) | document details
The notice of a public focus group meeting to discuss the state’s permitting process, proposed project specifics, public concerns, and suggested alternatives
09/04/08 Re-Notice of Application for a Route Permit and Public Information Meeting for the Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV Transmission Line Project (299 KB) | document details
The Office of Energy Security has re-scheduled the Great River Energy and Minnesota Power Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV Transmission Line Project public information and environmental assessment scoping meeting to September 23, 2008, at Cragun's Conference Center in Brainerd, Minnesota
08/20/08 Notice of Application for a Route Permit and Public Information Meeting for the Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV Transmission Line Project (299 KB) | document details
The Office of Energy Security will conduct a public information and environmental assessment scoping meeting for the Great River Energy and Minnesota Power Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV Transmission Line Project on September 9, 2008, at Cragun's Conference Center in Brainerd, Minnesota
08/20/08 Order accepting the Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV Route Permit Application as Complete (1.4 MB) | document details
The Great River Energy and Minnesota Power Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV High Voltage Transmission Line and Breaker Station Route Permit Application was accepted as complete by the Public Utilities Commission on August 15, 2008
08/06/08 Comments & Recommendations of OES EFP staff on the proposed Southdale to Scearcyville 115 kV route permit application acceptance (349 KB) | document details
Application acceptance to be considered by PUC at the August 14, 2008, Commission Meeting
07/17/08 Application to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for Southdale to Scearcyville Route Permit
Application for alternative permitting process for a 115 kilovolt (kV) high voltage transmission line and new breaker station in Cross and Crow Wing counties
Date Document On Behalf Of Description
12/03/12 201212-81298-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY AND MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--STATUS REPORT AND COMPLAINT REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 2012 PLUS GPS COORDINATES AND AS-BUILTS FOR CLOSEOUT, SOUTHDALE TO SCEARCYVILLE 115 KV PROJECT
11/07/12 201211-80463-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY AND MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--STATUS REPORT AMD COMPLAINT REPORT FOR OCTOBER, 2012, SOUTHDALE TO SCEARCYVILLE 115 KV PROJECT
10/05/12 201210-79292-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY AND MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--STATUS REPORT AND COMPLAINT REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER, 2012, SOUTHDALE TO SCEARCYVILLE 115 KV PROJECT
09/05/12 20129-78399-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY AND MN POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--STATUS REPORT AND COMPLAINT REPORT FOR AUGUST 2012, SOUTHDALE TO SCEARCYVILLE 115 KV PROJECT
08/03/12 20128-77565-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY AND MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--STATUS REPORT AND COMPLAINT REPORT FOR JULY 2012, SOUTHDALE TO SCEARCYVILLE 115 KV PROJECT
07/10/12 20127-76621-01 DOC EFP COMPLIANCE FILING--ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT - ENERGIZATION
07/09/12 20127-76573-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY AND MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--STATUS REPORT AND COMPLAINT REPORT FOR JUNE 2012, NOTIFICATION OF ENERGIZATION SCHEDULE, SOUTHDALE TO SCEARCYVILLE 115 KV PROJECT
06/04/12 20126-75336-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY AND MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--STATUS REPORT AND COMPLAINT REPORT FOR MAY 2012, SOUTHDALE TO SCEARCYVILLE 115 KV PROJECT
05/02/12 20125-74415-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY AND MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--STATUS REPORT AND COMPLAINT REPORT FOR APRIL 2012, SOUTHDALE TO SCEARCYVILLE 115 KV PROJECT
04/05/12 20124-73362-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY AND MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--STATUS REPORT AND COMPLAINT REPORT FOR MARCH 2012, SOUTHDALE TO SCEARCYVILLE 115 KV PROJECT
04/05/12 20124-73364-03 PUC MINUTES--JANUARY 26, 2012 AGENDA MEETING
03/02/12 20123-72155-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--STATUS REPORT AND COMPLAINT REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2012, SOUTHDALE TO SCEARCYVILLE 115 KV PROJECT
02/13/12 20122-71448-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--STATUS REPORT FOR JANUARY 2012
02/02/12 20122-70945-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
02/02/12 20122-70945-01 PUC ORDER
01/19/12 20121-70448-01 DOC EFP OTHER--COMPLIANCE FILING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT - DECEMBER 2011
01/18/12 20121-70394-01 DOC EFP BRIEFING PAPERS--COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON MINOR ALTERATION REQUEST
01/13/12 20121-70355-04 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--JANUARY 26, 2012
01/11/12 20121-70187-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--STATUS REPORT FOR DECEMBER 2011
12/19/11 201112-69401-01 DOC EFP NOTICE--MINOR ALTERATION APPLICATION AND COMMENT PERIOD
12/15/11 201112-69277-01 PUC LETTER--TO CAROL SCHMIDT - REVIEW OF COMPLIANCE FILING
12/12/11 201112-69150-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY OTHER--MINOR ALTERATION REQUEST FOR SCEARCYVILLE PROJECT
12/08/11 201112-69090-01 DOC EFP REPLY COMMENTS--EFP RESPONSE TO PLAN AND PROFILE COMPLIANCE FILING
11/22/11 201111-68575-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING
05/12/10 20105-50364-01 PUC LETTER--COMPLIANCE APPROVAL
05/10/10 20105-50266-01 DOC OES COMPLIANCE FILING--COMPLIANCE FILING - STRUCTURE DESIGN
04/27/10 20104-49627-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY AND MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING
03/08/10 20105-50006-01 DOC OES LETTER--LETTER FROM MN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
12/14/09 200912-45027-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT--WEEK ENDING 12-11-09
11/02/09 200911-43470-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
10/19/09 200910-43013-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
10/19/09 200910-43002-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING
08/28/09 20098-41254-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY OTHER--PLAN AND PROFILE, SWITCH STRUCTURE WORK
08/28/09 20098-41254-02 GREAT RIVER ENERGY OTHER--FIELD REPRESENTATIVE NOTIFICATION
07/29/09 20097-40268-02 PUC MINUTES--JULY 1, 2009 AGENDA MEETING
07/07/09 20097-39363-01 PUC ORDER
06/24/09 20096-38881-01 DOC OES COMMENTS--AND RECOMMENDATIONS
06/19/09 20096-38725-01 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--10 DAY NOTICE - JULY 1, 2009
06/08/09 20096-38315-01 DOC OES NOTICE--OF PERMIT AMENDMENT REQUEST
06/02/09 20096-38127-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY OTHER--REQUEST TO RETRACT 1 MAY 2009 REQUEST FOR A MINOR ALTERATION
06/02/09 20096-38127-02 GREAT RIVER ENERGY OTHER--REQUEST FOR AN AMENDMENT OF PERMIT CONDITIONS
05/04/09 20095-37140-15 PUC MINUTES--- MARCH 19, 2009
05/01/09 20095-37097-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY OTHER--REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF MINOR ALTERATION OF ROUTE PERMIT
04/14/09 20094-36226-01 PUC NOTICE--OF PERMIT DECISION
04/09/09 20094-36061-01 PUC ORDER--FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS OF LAW & ORDER ISSUING ROUTE PERMIT TO GREAT RIVER ENERGY & MINNESOTA POWER FOR SOUTHDALE TO SCEARCYVILLE 115 KV TRANSMISSION LINE & BREAKER STATION PROJECT
03/19/09 5837516 DOC OES OTHER--ATTACHMENT 1-HANDOUT AT ORAL ARGUMENT
03/17/09 5822610 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMMENTS--AND PROPOSED FINDINGS
03/17/09 5822617 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMMENTS--AND PROPOSED FINDINGS - EXHIBIT C PART 1
03/17/09 5822615 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMMENTS--AND PROPOSED FINDINGS - EXHIBIT B PART 2
03/17/09 5822618 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMMENTS--AND PROPOSED FINDINGS - EXHIBIT C PART 2
03/17/09 5822620 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMMENTS--AND PROPOSED FINDINGS
03/17/09 5822611 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMMENTS--AND PROPOSED FINDINGS - EXHIBIT A PART 1
03/17/09 5822613 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMMENTS--AND PROPOSED FINDINGS - EXHIBIT A PART 3
03/17/09 5822621 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMMENTS--AND PROPOSED FINDINGS - ATTACHMENT 3
03/17/09 5822612 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMMENTS--AND PROPOSED FINDINGS - EXHIBIT A PART 2
03/17/09 5822616 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMMENTS--AND PROPOSED FINDINGS - EXHIBIT B PART 3
03/17/09 5822614 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMMENTS--AND PROPOSED FINDINGS - EXHIBIT B PART 1
03/17/09 5822619 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMMENTS--AND PROPOSED FINDINGS - ATTACHMENT 3
03/11/09 5811182 DOC OES NOTICE--OF COMMISSION MTG AND AVAILABILITY OF PROPOSED ROUTE PERMIT
03/11/09 5810958 DOC OES COMMENTS--AND RECOMMENDATIONS
03/09/09 5804167 COURT REPORTER TRANSCRIPTS--1/22/09 BRIANERD PUBLIC HEARING
03/06/09 5804036 PUC NOTICE--COMMISSION MEETING
02/20/09 5774360 OAH ORDER--SUMMARY OF PUBLIC COMMENTS
02/10/09 5763717 OAH COMMENTS--1013-20215 PUB COMMENT EXS 20-22
02/10/09 5763719 OAH COMMENTS--1013-20215 PUB COMMENT EXS 28-30
02/10/09 5763718 OAH COMMENTS--1013-20215 PUB COMMENT EXS 23-27
02/09/09 5762298 OAH COMMENTS--1013-20215 PUB EXS 12-19
02/09/09 5762297 OAH COMMENTS--1013-20215 GRE POST-HEARING COMMENTS
02/06/09 5757629 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMMENTS--
02/02/09 5733999 OAH EXHIBITS--PUBLIC COMMENTS EXHIBITS 8-11
02/02/09 5733996 OAH OTHER--HEARING REGISTER
02/02/09 5733997 OAH EXHIBITS--PUBLIC COMMENTS EXHIBITS 1-7
01/16/09 5701726 DOC OES NOTICE--EQB MONITOR EA AND PUBLIC HEARING
01/15/09 5701343 BRAINERD DISPATCH OTHER--AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION
01/06/09 5694123 DOC OES NOTICE--OF PUBLIC HEARING AND EA AVAILABILITY
01/06/09 5696429 DOC OES OTHER--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
11/07/08 5609765 OES DECISION--EAS DECISION - 3RD MAILING
11/04/08 5601760 OES OTHER--EAS DECISION
10/27/08 5587928 OES DECISION--
10/23/08 5587734 OES OTHER--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT SCOPING DECISION
10/22/08 5586884 GREAT RIVER ENERGY OTHER--CORRECTION TO TABLE 4-1 AND SUBSEQUENT REFERENCES
10/22/08 5586842 OES OTHER--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT SCOPING DECISION
10/14/08 5562629 GREAT RIVER ENERGY NOTICE--OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD TO REJECTED ROUTE E & F LANDOWNERS
10/14/08 5562626 GREAT RIVER ENERGY NOTICE--OF PROJECT & NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TO PROJECT AND GENERAL MAILING LIST
10/14/08 5562628 GREAT RIVER ENERGY NOTICE--OF PROJECT AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TO LEGAL NEWSPAPERS
10/06/08 5551183 PUC OTHER--MINUTES - AUGUST 14, 2008
09/24/08 5701279 VARIOUS PARTIES COMMENTS--CORRECTED COMMENTS
09/24/08 5587941 VARIOUS PARTIES COMMENTS--PART 1 OF 2
09/24/08 5587942 VARIOUS PARTIES COMMENTS--PART 2 OF 2
08/28/08 5471433 VARIOUS PARTIES COMMENTS--
08/27/08 5466915 GREAT RIVER ENERGY AND MINNESOTA POWER NOTICE--AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE FOR NOTICE OF SUBMISSION & NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
08/27/08 5465644 OES NOTICE--AFFIDAVIT & SERVICE LIST OMITTED FROM 8/26 NOTICE
08/26/08 5465503 OES NOTICE--REVISED NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFO MTG
08/21/08 5457739 OES OTHER--LETTER TO TECH REPS
08/19/08 5454390 OES NOTICE--OF APPLICATION FOR ROUTE PERMIT AND PUBLIC INFO MTG
08/18/08 5439542 BRIGGS AND MORGAN, P.A. OTHER--ADDING LISA TO SERVICE LIST
08/15/08 5436279 PUC ORDER--
08/06/08 5410943 OES COMMENTS--AND RECOMMENDATIONS
08/01/08 5407964 PUC NOTICE--OF COMMISSION MEETING
07/17/08 5361528 GREAT RIVER ENERGY INITIAL FILING--ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION COVER LETTER
07/17/08 5361530 GREAT RIVER ENERGY INITIAL FILING--ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION
06/18/08 5285531 GREAT RIVER ENERGY AND MINNESOTA POWER INITIAL FILING--NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUBMIT ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION UNDER ALTERNATIVE PROCESS