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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
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
Date Document On Behalf Of Description
05/29/12 20125-75086-06 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--5306_ASBUILT_PP20-22
05/29/12 20125-75086-09 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--5306_ASBUILT_PP30-33
05/29/12 20125-75086-03 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--5306_ASBUILT_PP8-11
05/29/12 20125-75086-02 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--5306_ASBUILT_PP5-7
05/29/12 20125-75086-05 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--5306_ASBUILT_PP16-19
05/29/12 20125-75086-08 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--5306_ASBUILT_PP27-29
05/29/12 20125-75086-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--5306_ASBUILT_PP1-4
05/29/12 20125-75086-07 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--5306_ASBUILT_PP23-26
05/29/12 20125-75086-10 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--5306_ASBUILT_PP34-36
05/29/12 20125-75086-04 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--5306_ASBUILT_PP12-15
05/24/12 20125-74977-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--LETTER
05/17/12 20125-74815-01 DOC EFP COMPLIANCE FILING---ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RECEIPT FOR MAY 2 FILING
05/02/12 20125-74402-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--STRUCTURE COORDINATE DATA
02/09/12 20122-71399-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING
01/19/12 20121-70443-04 PUC MINUTES--NOVEMBER 10, 2011 AGENDA MEETING
11/17/11 201111-68415-01 PUC LETTER--TO TOM HILLSTROM - REVIEW OF COMPLIANCE FILING
11/16/11 201111-68385-01 DOC EFP LETTER---RESPONSE TO COMPLIANCE FILING - PLAN AND PROFILE
11/14/11 201111-68329-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
11/14/11 201111-68329-01 PUC ORDER
11/02/11 201111-68003-01 DOC EFP COMMENTS--AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON PERMIT AMENDMENT APPLICATION
11/02/11 201111-68004-01 DOC EFP COMMENTS--FROM PUBLIC ON PV-B PERMIT AMENDMENT REQUEST
10/28/11 201110-67838-07 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--NOVEMBER 10, 2011
10/13/11 201110-67334-01 DOC NOTICE--OF PERMIT AMENDMENT REQUEST TO ADDITIONAL ADDRESSES
10/05/11 201110-66969-01 DOC NOTICE--OF PERMIT AMENDMENT REQUEST
10/03/11 201110-66869-01 XCEL ENERGY OTHER--ROUTE PERMIT AMENDMENT, STRUCTURES 41, 42 AND 43
09/13/11 20119-66320-01 PUC LETTER--TO TOM HILLSTROM
09/09/11 20119-66228-01 DOC EFP LETTER---RESPONSE TO COMPLIANCE FILING - PLAN AND PROFILE
08/12/11 20118-65320-01 XCEL ENERGY OTHER--PLAN AND PROFILE REVISION - REQUEST FOR ALIGNMENT MODIFICATIONS
08/03/11 20118-64962-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--BOTANICAL SURVEY REPORT_REDACTED
08/03/11 20118-64962-02 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--COVER
06/30/11 20116-64308-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING
06/30/11 20116-64309-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--ROUTE PERMIT AMENDMENT, STRUCTURES 41, 42, AND 43
06/30/11 20116-64309-02 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--PLAN AND PROFILE DRAWINGS OF RIGHT-OF-WAY AND ROUTE MODIFICATION
04/29/11 20114-61945-07 PUC MINUTES--FEBRUARY 24, 2011 AGENDA MEETING
03/29/11 20113-60694-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING
03/24/11 20113-60591-01 DOC OES NOTICE--OF PERMIT DECISION
03/24/11 20113-60582-01 DOC OES EFP NOTICE--OF FINAL PERMIT DECISION
03/03/11 20113-60067-01 PUC ORDER
03/03/11 20113-60067-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
03/03/11 20113-60069-01 PUC ORDER--RE-FILED, WITH SIGNATURES
02/28/11 20112-59956-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
02/23/11 20112-59783-01 DOC OES EFP NOTICE--OF DEIS AVAILABILITY, PUBLIC MEETINGS AND PUBLIC HEARING AND AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING
02/22/11 20112-59763-01 DOC OES EFP LETTER--TO LANDOWNERS ALONG SCOPING ROUTES AND AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING
02/22/11 20112-59734-01 ROUTE 3 LANDOWNERS EXTENSIONVARIANCE REQUEST
02/11/11 20112-59457-13 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--FEBRUARY 24, 2011
02/11/11 20112-59477-01 DOC OES EFP COMMENTS--AND RECOMMENDATIONS
01/11/11 20111-58399-01 OAH OTHER--HEARING EXHIBIT LIST
01/11/11 20111-58403-01 OAH OTHER--CERTIFICATION OF HEARING RECORD & CONTESTED CASE RECORD
01/07/11 20111-58266-01 OAH ORDER--FINDINGS OF FACT
12/07/10 201012-57245-01 DOC OES COMMENTS--SERVICE LETTER 12 07 2010 OES FILING
12/07/10 201012-57245-02 DOC OES COMMENTS--& ADDITIONAL PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT & CONCLUSIONS
12/02/10 201012-57113-01 DOC OES NOTICE--OF AVAILABILITY OF FINAL EIS
11/30/10 201011-57003-02 DOC OES EFP REPORT--- FINAL EIS_APPENDIX A - FIGURES 2 THRU 5
11/30/10 201011-57002-02 DOC OES EFP REPORT--- FINAL EIS_APPENDIX A - FIGURE 1
11/30/10 201011-57001-02 DOC OES EFP REPORT--- FINAL EIS_TEXT
11/30/10 201011-57005-02 DOC OES EFP REPORT--- FINAL EIS_APPENDICES B THRU D
11/30/10 201011-57004-02 DOC OES EFP REPORT--- FINAL EIS_APPENDIX A - FIGURES 6 THRU 10
11/17/10 201011-56642-02 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--VARIOUS COMMENTS
11/17/10 201011-56615-02 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHBIIT 8 - REVISED PROJECT SCHEDULE
11/17/10 201011-56614-02 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--EMAILED COMMENTS
11/17/10 201011-56615-08 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 101 - COMMENT ON DEIS
11/17/10 201011-56615-06 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 7 - ERRATA PAGE 4
11/17/10 201011-56615-04 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 5 - MAP OF ROUTE WIDTH REQUEST
11/16/10 201011-56562-01 XCEL ENERGY REQUEST TO UPDATE SERVICE LIST--ADD ELECTRONIC AGRIMONTI
11/15/10 201011-56509-01 DOC OES EFP EXHIBITS - HEARING--OES EFP ADDITIONAL EXHIBITS
11/12/10 201011-56461-01 XCEL ENERGY LETTER--RESPONSE LETTER TO ARLAN M. SCHARBERG
11/12/10 201011-56460-03 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY BRIEF--PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS OF LAW, AND RECOMMENDATION
11/12/10 201011-56460-02 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY BRIEF--POST-HEARING BRIEF
11/12/10 201011-56460-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY BRIEF--BRIEF AND FINDINGS FILING LETTER
11/09/10 201011-56359-02 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--VARIOUS COMMENTS
11/08/10 201011-56293-01 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LETTER
11/05/10 201011-56267-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY LETTER--COST INFORMATION RELATED TO THE THREE ROUTE ALTERNATIVES UNDER CONSIDERATION.
10/27/10 201010-55882-01 XCEL ENERGY COMMENTS---DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
10/26/10 2557 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 101
10/26/10 2605 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 2
10/26/10 2610 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 7
10/26/10 2607 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 4
10/26/10 2608 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 5
10/26/10 2618 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 1
10/26/10 2611 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 8
10/26/10 201010-55826-01 DOC OES EFP NOTICE--NOTICE OF DEIS AVAILABILITY, PUBLIC MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARING
10/26/10 2609 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 6
10/26/10 2606 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBT 3
10/19/10 201010-55597-01 XCEL ENERGY REQUEST TO UPDATE SERVICE LIST--ADD HERRING
10/14/10 201010-55474-01 DOC OES NOTICE--OF DEIS AVAILABILITY, PUBLIC INFO MTGS AND PUBLIC HEARING - CERTIFIED MAIL TO LGUS
10/13/10 201010-55434-01 DOC OES NOTICE--OF AVAILABILITY OF DEIS, PUBLIC INFO MTGS & PUBLIC HEARINGS
10/11/10 201010-55367-02 XCEL ENERGY TESTIMONY--TOM HILLSTROM DIRECT TESTIMONY AND SCHEDULES
10/11/10 201010-55367-04 XCEL ENERGY TESTIMONY--GRANT STEVENSON DIRECT TESTIMONY AND SCHEDULES
10/11/10 201010-55367-03 XCEL ENERGY TESTIMONY--JASON STANDING DIRECT TESTIMONY AND SCHEDULES
10/11/10 201010-55367-01 XCEL ENERGY TESTIMONY--FILING LETTER, COS AND SERVICE LIST
10/06/10 201010-55234-01 DOC OES EFP REPORT--DRAFT EIS - APPENDIX B_SCOPING DECISION
10/06/10 201010-55230-01 DOC OES EFP REPORT--DRAFT EIS - APPENDIX A_ FIGURE 1
10/06/10 201010-55229-01 DOC OES EFP REPORT--DRAFT EIS - TEXT
10/06/10 201010-55231-01 DOC OES EFP REPORT--DRAFT EIS - APPENDIX A_FIGURES 2 THRU 5
10/06/10 201010-55233-01 DOC OES EFP REPORT--DRAFT EIS - APPENDIX A_FIGURE 10
10/06/10 201010-55232-01 DOC OES EFP REPORT--DRAFT EIS - APPENDIX A_FIGURES 6 THRU 9
09/23/10 20109-54722-01 OAH ORDER--PREHEARING ORDER
09/03/10 20109-54135-02 OAH NOTICE--NOTICE OF PREHEARING CONFERENCE
07/14/10 20107-52550-02 DOC OES OTHER--ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT SCOPING DECISION
03/08/10 20103-47803-02 DOC OES NOTICE--PUBLIC INFORMATION & EIS SCOPING MEETINGS
03/01/10 20103-47524-01 PUC MINUTES--FEBRUARY 4, 2010 AGENDA
02/09/10 20102-46905-01 PUC ORDER
01/27/10 20101-46491-01 DOC OES COMMENTS--AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION ACCEPTANCE
01/22/10 20101-46292-01 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--COMM MTG. - 2-4-2010
01/08/10 20101-45805-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY COMPLIANCE FILING--CONFIRMATION OF NOTICE
12/03/09 200912-44721-02 XCEL ENERGY OTHER--ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION COVER LETTER AND NARRATIVE
12/03/09 200912-44721-01 XCEL ENERGY OTHER--ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION APPENDICES A-F