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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.

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Project Docket

Docket No E002/TL-09-1315
Project name Xcel Energy Pleasant Valley to Byron 161kV Transmission Line
Applicant Northern States Power
Description Xcel Energy application to build an 18.3-mile, 161kV transmission line in Dodge, Olmsted and Mower counties
Size/primary fuel 471.34K, .pdf
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Dodge County; Mower County; Olmsted County
Docket created: December 03, 2009
Status:
 
02-9-2010
Application accepted
 
03-25-2010
Public meeting
 
07-14-2010
Scoping decision
 
10-4-2010
Draft EIS available
 
10-26-2010
Public hearing
 
11-30-2010
Final EIS available
 
03-3-2011
Permit issued
 
11-14-2011
Permit Amended
 
03-9-2012
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 09-1315
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Project Summary

Xcel Energy proposes to construct a new, approximately 18-mile, 161 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Mower, Olmsted, and Dodge counties, from the Pleasant Valley Substation in Mower County to the Byron Substation in Olmstead County.  The project would also include associated modifications at the Pleasant Valley Substation and the Byron Substation.

On December 3, 2009, Xcel Energy filed a route permit application with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission under the full permitting process.

A separate but related docket has been opened for the review of the project Certificate of Need application under PUC Docket No. E002/CN-08-992.  Environmental Review files related to that proceeding are available below.  Additional Certificate of Need documents can be obtained via the Commission�s �eDockets� electronic filing site by searching for year 08 and number 992 at: https://www.edockets.state.mn.us/EFiling/search.jsp.

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
03/03/11 PUC Order issuing a Route Permit for the Pleasant Valley to Byron 161 kV Transmission Project (3.2 MB) | document details
PUC issued an Order on March 3, 2011 issuing a route permit to Xcel Energy for a high voltage transmission line in Dodge, Olmsted and Mower counties. The PUC issued a route permit for Route Alternative 3
12/03/09 Route Permit Application
Route Permit Application for an 18-mile, 161kV transmission line in Dodge, Olmsted and Mower counties
10/04/10 Draft EIS for the Pleasant Valley to Byron 161kV transmission line project
OES has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Project. Documents and maps are available through this link
11/30/10 Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Pleasant Valley to Byron Transmission Project
Final EIS includes comments on the Draft EIS and responses to comments, and updates the document
File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
11/14/11 PUC Order on Pleasant Valley-Byron Permit Amendment application | document details
The Commission issued an Order authorizing an amendment to the permit, shifting the route 250 feet to the east between pole markers 41-43
11/02/11 Public comments on the Pleasant Valley- Byron HVTL Route Permit Amendment Application | document details
DOC EFP received two comment letters during the open public comment period on the permit amendment application
11/02/11 EFP Comments and Recommendations to PUC on PV-B Route Permit Amendment Application | document details
EFP recommends the Commission approve of Xcel Energy's application for a route permit amendment
10/04/11 Notice of Request for Permit Amendment for Pleasant Valley to Byron 161 kV Transmission Line Project (2.7 MB) | document details
The Permittee has requested an amendment to the permit for the transmission line segment between poles 41-43 in Dodge County. A public comment period on the request is open through October 19, 2011
03/24/11 Final Permit Notice | document details
The Commission issued an Order on March 3, 2011 determining that the EIS adequately addressed the issues in the scoping decision, and issued a high-voltage transmission line route permit for the Pleasant Valley to Byron project.
03/03/11 PUC Order issuing a Route Permit for the Pleasant Valley to Byron 161 kV Transmission Project (3.2 MB) | document details
PUC issued an Order on March 3, 2011 issuing a route permit to Xcel Energy for a high voltage transmission line in Dodge, Olmsted and Mower counties. The PUC issued a route permit for Route Alternative 3
02/11/11 EFP Comments and Recommendation to PUC on a Route Permit - Pleasant Valley to Byron 161kV Transmission Line (3.3 MB) | document details
EFP recommends issuing a Route Permit for Route Alternative 3 of the Pleasant Valley to Byron 161kV Transmission Line Project
01/07/11 Administrative Law Judge's Report on the Pleasant Valley to Byron 161kV Transmission Line Project | document details
Judge's Summary of Testimony; Findings of Fact, Conclusions and Recommendation for the HVTL Route Permit (2 MB)
11/30/10 Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Pleasant Valley to Byron Transmission Project
Final EIS includes comments on the Draft EIS and responses to comments, and updates the document
10/13/10 Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Public Information Meetings, and Public Hearings | document details
OES has released the Draft EIS on the Pleasant Valley to Byron Transmission Project for comment. A comment period will be open through 4:30 p.m. November 9, 2010. Public Information Meetings on the DEIS and Public Hearings on the project will be held in Byron, Minn., on October 26, 2010.
10/04/10 Draft EIS for the Pleasant Valley to Byron 161kV transmission line project
OES has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Project. Documents and maps are available through this link
09/29/10 Letter to Landowners along and near Pleasant Valley-Byron Transmission Project scoping routes (450 KB) | document details
OES letter to landowners along routes under consideration in the environmental impact statement
07/14/10 Pleasant Valley to Byron Scoping Decision | document details
Scoping decision and matters to be addressed in the Environmental Impact Statement (1.79 MB)
07/14/10 Comments on the Scope of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Pleasant Valley to Byron 161 KV Transmission Line Project
Comments received at the public information and scoping meetings and through the end of the comment period April 8, 2010
03/08/10 Notice of Public Information and EIS Scoping Meetings for the Pleasant Valley to Byron 161kV Transmission Line Project | document details
OES is conducting public information and Environmental Impact Statement scoping meetings on March 25, 2010 in the City of Byron, MN. A comment period on the scope of the EIS is open through April 8, 2010
02/09/10 Order Accepting Route Permit Application | document details
PUC order accepting the propsed Route Permit Application for Pleasant Valley to Byron
01/27/10 OES Comments and Recommendations on accepting the Pleasant Valley to Byron route application as complete | document details
Recommendation by OES staff to accept the route permit application as complete
12/03/09 Route Permit Application
Route Permit Application for an 18-mile, 161kV transmission line in Dodge, Olmsted and Mower counties

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