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Project Docket

Docket No ET2, E002/TL-09-1056
Project name Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Project
Applicant Great River Energy; Xcel Energy
Description Xcel Energy and GRE Application to construct a new 345 kV HVTL between the new Quarry Substation near St. Cloud and a proposed Bison Substation in North Dakota
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission; Environmental impact statements
Location Clay County; Douglas County; Grant County; Otter Tail County; Pope County; Stearns County; Stevens County; Todd County; Traverse County; Wilkin County
Docket created: September 09, 2009
Contacts: David Birkholz, 651-539-1838, Environmental Review Manager.
Ray Kirsch, 651-539-1841, Public Advisor.
Status:
 
11-13-2009
Application accepted
 
01-19-2010
Public meeting
 
04-15-2010
Scoping decision
 
09-6-2010
Draft EIS available
 
11-16-2010
Public hearing
 
01-7-2011
Final EIS available
 
06-24-2011
Permit Decision
 
01-9-2012
Permit Amended
 
04-12-2012
Permit Amended
 
07-18-2013
Permit Amended
 
09-30-2013
Permit Amended
 
03-8-2015
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 09-1056
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Project Summary

Alexandria to St. Cloud, MN (Quarry Substation) - Line 0954

Energized: 04/15/2014

Alexandria to North Dakota Border - Line 0955

Energized: 03/31/2015

 


Xcel Energy and Great River Energy are making this Application to construct a new 345 kV high voltage transmission line (HVTL) between the Red River, either at a location south of Moorhead or south of Breckenridge, and the new Quarry Substation west of St. Cloud.

The Minnesota portion of the proposed Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Project will be approximately 169 to 180 miles long, extending from the Red River to the existing Alexandria Switching Station located south of Alexandria and to the new Quarry Substation to be located west of St. Cloud. The North Dakota portion of the Project from a new Bison Substation west of Fargo to the Red River, depending on the route selected, will be approximately 31 to 81 miles.

The proposed structures will primarily include single-pole, double-circuit capable, self-weathering or galvanized steel structures that will range in height between 130 and 175 feet. The span length between structures will range between 600 and 1,000 feet depending on site-specific considerations. Although the proposed line will be built using double-circuit capable poles, only one circuit will be installed for this Project. The second position will be left available for a future additional circuit, as per the Commission´┐Żs Certificate of Need (CN) Order. The right-of-way for the proposed 345 kV electrical transmission line will generally be 150 feet in width.

Construction of the Project is expected to begin in 2013 and be completed and in service by the second quarter of 2015.

On May 22, 2009, the Commission issued an Order granting a Certificate of Need (CN) for the CapX 2020 projects.  The CN record can be reviewed by entering year "06" and number "1115" at https://www.edockets.state.mn.us/EFiling/search.jsp .  OES environmental analysis for the CN record can be viewed at http://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/Docket.html?Id=19120.)

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
10/01/09 Application to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for a Route Permit
Application for a route permit for the Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line Project
08/31/10 Draft EIS for the Fargo-St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Project
OES has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Project. Documents and maps are available through this link
01/07/11 Final Environmental Impact Statement for Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Project
OES has released the Final EIS for the Project. Documents and maps are available through this link
06/24/11 Route Permit for the Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line | document details
The Commission has issued an Order granting a Route Permit to Xcel Energy and Great River Energy, including a description of the route and other conditions of the permit and links to the official maps of the route
File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
09/30/13 PUC Approval for Minor Alteration for Fargo-St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Project | document details
The Commission has issued an Order Accepting a Minor Alterations in Wilkin County without Additional Conditions
09/04/13 EFP Comments and Recommendations on a Minor Ateration for the Fargo-St. Cloud 345 KV Transmission Line | document details
EFP has submitted comments to the Commission concerning the Request for a Minor Alteration in Wilkin County
08/19/13 Application for Approval of a Minor Alteration to the Fargo-St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line Route Permit | document details
Xcel Energy and Great River Energy have requested approval of a Minor Alteration to the Route Permit in Wilkin County
07/18/13 PUC Approval for Minor Alterations for Fargo-St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Project | document details
The Commission has issued an Order Accepting Four Minor Alterations in the Fargo to Alexandria Portion of the Project, without Additional Conditions
05/23/13 Application for Approval of Minor Alterations to the Fargo-St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line Rourt Permit
Xcel Energy and Great River Energy have requested approval of a Minor Alteration to the Route Permit in Otter Tail and Grant counties
04/12/12 Permit Amendment for a Route Alteration | document details
The Commission has approved an alteration and issued a Route Permit Amendment to the 345 kV Fargo-St. Cloud Route Permit issued on June 24, 2011
02/29/12 EFP Comments and Recommendations on a Minor Ateration for the Fargo-St. Cloud 345 KV Transmission Line | document details
EFP has submitted comments to the Commission concerning the Request for a Minor Alteration in Oak Township, Stearns County
01/18/12 Notice of Minor Alteration Request for the Fargo-St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line | document details
A comment period is open through February 3, 2012 for the Xcel Energy/Great River Energy request to alter the route permit in Oak Township in Stearns County
01/09/12 Permit Amendment for Route Alterations (9.12 M) | document details
The Commission has approved 10 alterations and issued a Route Permit Amendment to the 345 kV Fargo-St. Cloud Route Permit issued on June 24, 2011
12/21/11 Application for Approval of Minor Alteration to the Fargo-St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line Rourt Permit (1.22 M) | document details
Xcel Energy and Great River Energy have requested approval of a Minor Alteration to the Route Permit in Oak Township in Stearns County
11/21/11 EFP Comments and Recommendations on a Permit Amendment for the Fargo-St. Cloud 345 KV Transmission Line | document details
EFP has submitted comments to the Commission concerning the Route Permit Amendment provision and in particular eleven requested adjustments southeast of Alexandria
09/28/11 Notice of Request for Permit Amendments for Fargo-St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
The Permittees have requested a number of amendments to the permit for the segment between Alexandria and St. Cloud. A public comment period on the requests is open through October 14, 2011
09/21/11 Permit Amendment Requests for the Fargo-St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line
The Permittees have requested a number of amendments to the permit for the segment between The Alexandria Switch and the Quarry Substation in St. Joseph
06/24/11 Route Permit for the Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line | document details
The Commission has issued an Order granting a Route Permit to Xcel Energy and Great River Energy, including a description of the route and other conditions of the permit and links to the official maps of the route
06/06/11 EFP Supplemental Comments & Recommendations on the Route Permit for the Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line | document details
EFP staff has supplemented its original Comments and Recommendations identifying revisions to enhance or clarify the original filing
05/27/11 EFP Comments & Recommendations on the Route Permit for the Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line
EFP has submitted Comments, Findiings of Fact, Conclusions and a proposed Order to the Commission for issuing a Route Permit to Xcel Energy and Great River Energy for the Project
05/02/11 Letter from the Commission on Next Steps in Fargo-St. Cloud Route Permit Process | document details
The Commission has issued a notice explaining the final process going forward following the release of the ALJ Report
04/25/11 ALJ Findings of Fact, Conclusions and Recommendation (6.18 M) | document details
The Administrative Law Judge has filed her findings of fact, conclusions of law and a route recommendation in the Fargo-St. Cloud CapX 2020 project
01/07/11 Final Environmental Impact Statement for Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Project
OES has released the Final EIS for the Project. Documents and maps are available through this link
01/07/11 Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
OES has released the Final EIS responding to timely substantive comments received on the Draft EIS. The Draft and Final serve as the complete EIS for the proposed project
10/25/10 Notice of Public Hearing for Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
A public hearing is being convened along the route from November 16, 2010, to December 2, 2010, at the times and places listed in this notice. A comment period will be open through January 5, 2011. (See the notice for instruction on how to send comments to the ALJ.)
09/06/10 Notice of Availability of Draft EIS and Public Information Meetings for Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
OES has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Project. Public Meetings will be held at the times and places in this notice to take public comment on the DEIS. A public comment period will remain open through October 18, 2010
08/31/10 Draft EIS for the Fargo-St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Project
OES has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Project. Documents and maps are available through this link
07/16/10 Notice to Landowners along Scoping Amendment Route Additions | document details
Notice sent (along with Scoping Decision Amendment and Maps) to landowners along alternate routes being evaluated in the draft EIS for the Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV transmission project
07/15/10 Amendment to the EIS Scoping Decision for the Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Project | document details
The OES Director has amended his Scope determining the impacts and alternative routes to be evaluated in the Environmental Impact Statement. The amendment includes additional route options to be considered in the EIS (1.97 M, .pdf)
05/25/10 Administrative Law Judge's Prehearing Order | document details
The ALJ has filed this Prehearing Order setting forth the dates and procedures relevant to the contested case hearing for the Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Project (409.92K, .pdf)
05/13/10 Notice to Landowners along Route Alternatives | document details
Notice and maps sent to landowners along alternate routes being evaluated in the draft EIS for the Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV transmission project (6.51 M, .pdf)
04/15/10 Comments on the Scope of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line
Comments received at the public information and scoping meetings and through the end of comment period of February 12, 2010
04/15/10 OES Director's Scoping Decision on the Fargo-St. Cloud Project EIS | document details
The Office of Energy Security Director has issued his Scope determining the impacts and alternative routes to be evaluated in the Environmental Impact Statement for the Fargo-St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Project
03/19/10 Freeport to St. Cloud Advisory Task Force Information Page Updated with Final Report
The PUC authorized OES to structure and charge an advisory task force for the Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV transmission line project to review issues and route alternatives for the Environmental Impact Statement
01/15/10 Public Meeting Materials for the Fargo to Monticello 345 kV HVTL Public EIS Scoping Meetings
OES has provided presentation and informational materials to attendees at the public meetings. These same materials are also available here
12/18/09 Notice of Public Information and EIS Scoping Meetings | document details
OES is conducting public meetings along the proposed Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line Project. The public is invited to attend to gather information and share comments on the project and potential alignment alternatives. A comment period on the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement is open through February 12, 2009
11/04/09 OES Comments and Recommendations on Application Acceptance | document details
OES recommends to the Commission to accept the application as complete and to authorize OES to name a Public Advisor and establish an Advisory Task Force
10/01/09 Application to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for a Route Permit
Application for a route permit for the Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line Project

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