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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 E002/TL-09-38
Project name Xcel Energy Hiawatha 115 kV Transmission Line Project
Description The Hiawatha Project was designed to address the distribution system problems that exist in south Minneapolis. The Project consists of two new 115/13.8 kV distribution substations equipped with smart substation technologies, two 115 kV transmission lines and two new taps of the existing Elliot Park – Southtown 115 kV transmission line
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission; Environmental impact statements
Location Hennepin County; Twin Cities Metropolitan Area
Docket created: April 06, 2009
Contacts: Bill Storm, 651-539-1844, Environmental Review Manager.
Deborah Pile, 651-539-1837, Public Advisor.
Status:
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Project Summary

The Minnesota State Legislature has passed legislation that requires Xcel Energy to go through the Certificate of Need process for the Hiawatha Project. Prior to the passage of this legislation, a project the size of the Hiawatha Project did not require a certificate of need before it could be permitted. During this process, the MPUC will evaluate the need for the project and determine the type of transmission lines to construct (if any). The process, which will include notices to the community and opportunities for public input, typically takes a year to complete. Look for future updates about the certificate of need process.

The docket number for the Certificate of Need proceeding is E002/CN-10-694.

The Energy Facility Permitting web page for the Certificate of Need docket can be found at:

 http://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/Docket.html?Id=30489

 

 

File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
06/01/12 Public Notice: Hiawatha Project Construction Open House | document details
Thursday, June 14, 2012, 5 pm - 8 pm at the Plaza Verda, Minneapolis, Minnesota
03/12/12 State Register Notice: PUC Final Decision on Northern States Power Hiawatha HVTL Route Permit | document details
At its regular meeting on January 12, 2012, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission determined that the Environmental Impact Statement addressed the issues identified in the Scoping Decision and issued a route permit for the project.
02/10/12 PUC HVTL Route Permit Final Decision: Xcel Energy Hiawatha Project
The Commission has issued an Order granting a Route Permit to Xcel Energy, including a description of the route and other conditions of the permit and links to the official maps of the route
12/19/11 Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting Unit’s Comments & Recommendations to the Commission on the HVTL Route Permit for the Hiawatha Transmission Line Project.
EFP has submitted Comments, Proposed Findings of Fact, Conclusions and Order, along with a Proposed HVTL Route Permit to the Commission for Northern States Power Company’s (Xcel Energy) Hiawatha Project
10/13/10 NOTICE: Exceptions period to ALJ report closes Monday, October 25, 2010 | document details
On October 8, 2010 Administrative Law Judge Beverly Jones Heydinger submitted her FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS OF LAW AND RECOMMENATIONS (the ALJ Report) in this docket
10/08/10 Administrative Law Judge Report: Xcel Energy's Proposed Hiawatha HVTL Project | document details
This matter came before ALJ Beverly Jones Heydinger in a contested case hearing on the application by Xcel Energy for a HVTL route permit
06/07/10 Final Environmental Impact Statement: Hiawatha HVTL Project
This Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) provides an overview of the proposed project and its alternatives, the regulatory framework, an anaylsis of the potential impacts and possible mitigative measures which may minimize the impacts, and resonse to comments on the DEIS
03/15/10 Notice of Public Hearing: Hiawatha HVTL Project | document details
Public hearings will be held on the proposed Xcel Energy Hiawatha HVTL project beginning April 5, 2010 at the Plaza Verde in Minneapolis. Public comments can be submitted to the Judge through 4:30 PM on May 11, 2010
03/10/10 Public Comments (written) on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Public comments on the Hiawatha 115 kV transmission line DEIS were accepted through March 10, 2010
02/24/10 Public Comments: DEIS Public Comment Meeting, February 10, 2010 | document details
A record of the public comments made at the DEIS Public Meeting at the Plaza Verde on February 10, 2010
02/02/10 Resumen Preliminar de la Declaración de Impacto Ambiental: Proyecto de Línea de Transmisión de Hiawatha (Draft Environmental Impact Statement Summary: Hiawatha HVTL Project) | document details
Este resumen de la versión preliminar de la Declaración de Impacto Ambiental (EIS) proporciona una reseña del proyecto propuesto y sus alternativas, el marco regulatorio según el cual la versión preliminar de la EIS fue elaborado y los hallazgos significativos del documento
02/01/10 Second Prehearing Order: ALJ Heydinger | document details
A telephone conference was held on January 28, 2010, before Beverly Jones
01/08/10 DRAFT Environmental Impact Statement: Hiawatha HVTL Project
This Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) provides an overview of the proposed project and its alternatives, the regulatory framework and an anaylsis of the potential impacts and possible mitigative measures which may minimize the impacts of the Project.
01/08/10 Notice of DEIS Availability and Public Meeting | document details
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Minnesota Office of Energy Security (OES) announces the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Hiawatha Transmission Line Project for public comment, as well as the date, location and time for the public meeting
12/07/09 Pre-Hearing Order - Revised Schedule | document details
A telephone conference was held on December 4, 2009, before Beverly Jones
09/03/09 Hiawatha HVTL Project Scoping Decision | document details
The above-entitled matter came before the Director of the Office of Energy Security (OES) for a decision on the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be prepared on the proposed Hiawatha HVTL Project. Having reviewed the matter, consulted with OES Energy Facility Permitting staff, and in accordance with Minnesota Rule 7849.5300, I hereby make the following Scoping Decision
08/28/09 Advisory Task Force Information: Hiawatha HVTL Project
As part of the Commission decision accepting the Hiawatha HVTL Route Permit application as substantially complete, the Commission authorized the Office of Energy Security (OES) to establish an advisory task force
08/11/09 Hiawatha Transmission Line Project Pre-Hearing Order | document details
A prehearing conference was held before Beverly Jones Heydinger, Administrative Law Judge, on August 4, 2009, at the Public Utilities Commission, 350 Metro Square Building, 121 Seventh Place East, St. Paul, Minnesota
07/10/09 Public Comments on the Scope of the Environmental Document
OES EFP held a Public Information/Scoping meeting on the Hiawatha HVTL project on June 18, 2009; the comment period allowing the public to submit comments on the Scope of the EIS was open until EOB on July 10, 2009. The following comments were received:
07/02/09 Pre-Hearing Order: Notice of Pre-hearing Conference, August 4, 2009 | document details
This matter was referred to the Office of Administrative Hearings for a contested proceeding..
07/02/09 Public (oral) comments made during the June 18, 2009, Public Information/Scoping Meeting | document details
OES EFP held a Public Information/Scoping meeting on the Hiawatha HVTL project; after presentations by the applicant and the OES staff the public was allowed to comment on the record
05/29/09 Public Notice (Hiawatha Transmission Project): Notice of Public Information/Scoping Meeting, June 18, 2009 | document details
Minnesota Department of Commerce Office of Energy Security (OES) will conduct a public information and environmental impact statement (EIS) scoping meeting on June 18, 2009, beginning at 6:00 pm at the Midtown Global Market. A public comment period will be open until July 10, 2009
05/29/09 Draft Scoping Document | document details
The purpose of the scoping process is to provide the public with an opportunity to participate in the development of the scope of the EIS by holding a public meeting and soliciting public comment
05/26/09 PUC Order: Application Completeness | document details
On May 21, 2009, the above entitled matter came before the Public Utilities Commission
05/12/09 OES EFP comments and recommendations concerning completeness of Xcel Energy's Hiawatha HVTL Route Permit application | document details
Attached are the comments and recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) Office of Energy Security (OES) Energy Facility Permitting (EFP) staff in the above stated matter
04/24/09 Xcel Energy Application to the PUC for a HVTL Route Permit: Hiawatha Project
Xcel Energy proposes to construct two new distribution substations and two 115 kilovolt (“kV”) transmission lines in south Minneapolis, in an area known as the Midtown District. Xcel Energy has included four separate alternative routes and five design options for consideration in this proceeding

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