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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 ET2/TL-10-86
Project name Potato Lake 115 kV Transmission Project
Applicant Great River Energy
Description A new 7.25-mile 115 kV transmission line and substation in Park Rapids, Minnesota
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Hubbard County
Docket created: February 26, 2010
Status:
 
04-16-2010
Application accepted
 
05-18-2010
Public meeting
 
06-18-2010
Scoping decision
 
09-10-2010
Environmental document available
 
09-29-2010
Public hearing
 
11-17-2010
Permit issued
 
06-24-2011
Permit Amended
 
08-30-2012
Docket closed
 
08-30-2012
Project built
eDockets 10-86
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Project Summary

Great River Energy (GRE) proposes to construct a new 7.25-mile 115 kV single circuit overhead transmission line and 115 kV substation (Potato Lake Substation) in Park Rapids, Minnesota.  The new transmission line would initially be operated at 34.5 kV until conversion to 115 kV becomes necessary.  It would run between the existing Mantrap 34.5 kV line in Lake Emma Township and the newly proposed Potato Lake Substation to be located in Arago Township.  The new 115 kV transmission structures will be designed to accommodate approximately 2.25 miles of existing Itasca-Mantrap distribution lines and future distribution lines between the Potato Lake Substation and County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 18.

GRE filed a high-voltage transmission line route permit application with the Commission for the Potato Lake 115 kV transmission line project under the alternative permitting process on February 26, 2010; it was accepted as complete on April 16, 2010.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce Office of Energy Security (OES) held a public information and environmental assessment scoping meeting on the route permit application on May 18, 2010, and accepted comments for the scope of the environmental assessment until June 1, 2010.  Scoping comments are available for viewing below and on eDockets.

The Commission also established an advisory task force (ATF) to assist in developing the scope of the environmental assessment. Further information on the ATF can be found below or by clicking here.

The Scoping Decision Document was issued by the Director of the OES on June 18, 2010. The Environmental Assessment was completed on September 10, 2010, and is available for viewing below.

A public hearing was held on September 29, 2010, and a public comment period was open through October 12, 2010, for the public to provide comments to the administrative law judge.  The administrative law judge filed a public hearing summary report on October 22, 2010.

The Commission issued Great River Energy a route permit for the project on November 17, 2010.

Documents for this project are available below and on the Commission�s eDockets website by searching for year �10� and number �86�.

File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
06/01/11 Notice of Permit Amendment Request - Potato Lake 115 kV Transmission Project (56 KB) | document details
Great River Energy has requested that the route width be expanded north and south of proposed Structure 100. Information on commenting is included in this notice; the comment period ends June 13, 2011
05/26/11 Application for Approval of Route Permit Amendment - Potato Lake 115 kV Transmission Line Project (2.7 MB) | document details
Great River Energy has requested that the route width be expanded north and south of proposed Structure 100 (intersection of County Highway 18 and County Highway 4) in response to engineering and right-of-way constraints of the new switch structure (Structure 100) on the Mantrap Sub Tap 34.5 kV line
11/17/10 Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Order issuing a transmission line route permit to Great River Energy (3.9 MB) | document details
Route permit to construct approximately 7.25 miles of new 115 kV transmission line in Hubbard County
11/17/10 Final Order Issuing a Route Permit for the Potato Lake 115 kV Transmission Line Project (3.9 MB) | document details
The Final Order that includes Comments and Recommendations of the OES; Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Order; and Route Permit
11/02/10 EFP Comments and Recommendations to the PUC on a Route Permit Potato Lake 115 kV | document details
EFP recommends issuing a Route Permit for Route A of the Potato Lake 115kV Transmission Line Project
09/10/10 Environmental Assessment
Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Potato Lake 115 kV Transmission Line and Substation
09/10/10 Potato Lake 115 kV Project Notice of Public Hearing and EA Availability (1 KB) | document details
A public hearing will be held on September 29, 2010, in Park Rapids on the Potato Lake 115 kV transmission line project. An environmental report is available. Comments may be submitted to the administrative law judge through October 11, 2010
07/16/10 New Alternative Route Notice (796 KB) | document details
Notice to landowners of new alternative transmission line route proposed by the Potato Lake Advisory Task Force and included in the scope of the environmental assessment
06/18/10 Scoping Decision Document (3.0 KB) | document details
The Director of the Office of Energy Security has issued this Scoping Decision Document which identifies the impacts and alternative routes to be evaluated in the Environmental Assessment for the proposed Potato Lake project
06/14/10 Scoping Comments | document details
Public comments received during the scoping comment period for the proposed Potato Lake project
04/20/10 Potato Lake Advisory Task Force Information Page
The records and work of the Potato Lake Advisory Task Force
04/19/10 Notice of Public Information Meeting for the Potato Lake 115 kV Transmission Line Project (186 KB) | document details
The Office of Energy Security will hold a public information meeting on the proposed Potato Lake 115 kV transmission line project on May 18, 2010. Public comments on the scope of the environmental assessment to be prepared on the project will be accepted at the meeting and up until 4:30 p.m. on June 1, 2010
03/22/10 REVISED Comments and Recommendations of EFP Staff on Application Acceptance (1.2 MB) | document details
Route permit application completeness to be considered by the Commission at the March 25, 2010, Agenda Meeting
03/22/10 Cover Letter to Revised Comments and Recommendations (266 KB) | document details
Letter describing EFP staff's rational for revised comments and recommendations
03/17/10 Comments and Recommendations of EFP Staff on Application Acceptance (317 KB) | document details
Route permit application completeness to be considered by the Commission at the March 25, 2010, Agenda Meeting
02/26/10 HVTL Route Permit Application
Great River Energys route permit application to construct a new 7.25-mile 115 kV transmission line and substation in Park Rapids, Minnesota

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