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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
Energy Facilities eDockets
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

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