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Project Docket

Docket No E002/TL-10-249
Project name Southwest Twin Cities 115 kV HVTL Upgrades (Glencoe - Waconia)
Applicant Xcel Energy
Description Approximately 2.8 miles of new 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission line and upgrade approximately 20.2 miles of 69 kV transmission line to 115 kV capacity (approximately 23 miles total) near the cities of Glencoe, Plato, Norwood Young America and Waconia located southwest of the Twin Cities metro area
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission; Environmental assessment
Location Carver County; McLeod County
Docket created: March 12, 2010
Contacts: Bill Storm, 651-539-1844, Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
 
01-14-2011
Application accepted
 
03-1-2011
Public meeting
 
04-1-2011
Scoping decision
 
07-26-2011
Environmental document available
 
08-24-2011
Public hearing
 
11-14-2011
Permit issued
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
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Project Summary

The Applicants propose to construct the following facilities for which a HVTL Route Permit is required:

  • Construct a new 115 kV Diamond Substation in Glencoe and approximately 5 miles of new 115 kV transmission line between the existing Armstrong Substation and the new Diamond Substation.
  • Upgrade approximately 4 miles of 69 kV transmission line to 115/69 kV double circuit from the proposed Diamond Substation to the existing Plato Substation.
  • Expand the existing Plato Substation to upgrade the 69 kV distribution load to 115 kV, and to install a capacitor bank on the 69 kV transmission line.
  • Upgrade approximately 10 miles of 69 kV transmission line to 115 kV capacity between the Plato Substation, the Young America Substation and the West Waconia Substation.
  • Construct approximately 1 mile of new 115 kV transmission line along Highway 5 on the west side of the City of Norwood Young America. This new segment is needed to avoid having to build the 115 kV line into the developed areas of the City of Norwood Young America.
  • Upgrade approximately 1 mile of existing 69 kV transmission to 115 kV from the existing West Waconia Substation along Highway 5.
  • Construct approximately 2 miles of new 69 kV transmission line from Highway 5 to the existing Augusta 69 kV transmission line. This section would be built to double circuit standard to accommodate a future 115 kV transmission line, along with the proposed 69 kV line.
  • Upgrade approximately 7 miles of existing 69 kV transmission line to 115 kV capacity from the Waconia Tap to just short of the Augusta Substation.

Xcel Energy has also filed an application for a Certificate of Need with the Commission and believes that it would be efficient to combine the contested case and public hearings in the Certificate of Need and Route Permit proceedings and requests that they be held jointly. See Minn. Stat. 216B.243, subd. 4; Minn. Rule 7850.2600, Subp.3.

The docket number for the CON proceeding is E002/TL-10-694.

The Energy Facility Permitting web page for the CON docket can be found at:

http://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/Docket.html?Id=30556

File Register
DateDocumentDescription
03/12/12 State Register Notice: PUC Final Decision on Northern States Power Glencoe-Waconia HVTL Route Permit | document details
At its regular meeting on October 20, 2011, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission determined that the Environmental Assessment addressed the issues identified in the Scoping Decision and issued a route permit for the project.
11/14/11 PUC HVTL Route Permit Final Decision: Xcel Energy Glencoe-Waconia 115 kV Project | document details
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
10/11/11 Comments and Recommendations of the DOC EFP staff on the final permit decision for the Xcel Energy Glencoe-Waconia HVTL Route Permit Application
Attached are the comments and recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) Energy Facility Permitting (EFP) staff in the above stated matter
09/27/11 ALJ's Public Hearing Summary of Testimony and Written Comments, Glencoe-Waconia HVTL Project | document details
Summary of Testimony contains oral and written comments received during the Public Hearing open comment period as prepared by the presiding ALJ
07/26/11 Environmental Assessment, Glencoe - Waconia HVTL Project
This Environmental Assessment (EA) provides an overview of the proposed project and its alternatives, the regulatory framework, an analysis of the potential impacts and possible mitigative measures which may minimize the impacts
07/26/11 Public Notice: Public Hearing and Availability of Environmental Assessment | document details
A public hearing will be held on August 24, 2011, in Norwood Young America concerning a route permit and certificate of need for the proposed 115 kV Glencoe Waconia transmission line project. Comments may be submitted to the administrative law judge through September 7, 2011. An environmental assessment of the project has been completed and is available for review prior to the hearing.
04/01/11 Availability of Scoping Decision: Xcel Energy's Glencoe - Waconia HVTL Upgrade Project | document details
The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security (OES) announces the release of the scoping decision and notice of intent to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Glencoe - Waconia transmission line project
04/01/11 Scoping Decision: Xcel Energy's Glencoe - Waconia HVTL Upgrade Project | document details
The Office of Energy Security Director has issued his Scope determining the impacts and alternative routes to be evaluated in the Environmental Assessment for the proposed Glencoe-Waconia HVTL Upgrade Project
03/24/11 Public Comments on the Scope of the Environmental Document
OES EFP held a Public Information/Scoping meeting on the Glencoe-Waconia project on March 1, 2011; the comment period allowing the public to submit comments on the scope of the EA was open until March 23, 2011. The following comments were received
03/23/11 Xcel Energy's comment on the scope of the environmnetal assessment | document details
Northern States Power Company provides the following comments regarding two route alternatives along U.S. Highway 212 that were proposed during the environmental assessment scoping process for the Southwest Twin Cities 115 kV Transmission Line Upgrades to the Glencoe to Waconia 69 kV system
02/11/11 Draft Scoping Document: Glencoe - Waconia HVTL Rebuild Project | document details
This scoping document is intended to advise the public of the scoping process and the process for the preparation of the Environmental Review document. The scoping decision will identify for the public the issues and alternatives that the OES has determined are appropriate for inclusion in the environmental review document
02/01/11 NOTICE: Public Information and Environmental Review Scoping Meeting, 115 kV Glencoe to Waconia HVTL Project | document details
The OES will conduct public information and environmental review scoping meetings on March 1, 2011, at the Clay Community Building in Norwood Young America. Comments will be accepted until March 23, 2011
01/14/11 PUC Order: Route Permit Application Completeness | document details
On January 14, 2011, the Commission accepted the HVTL Route Permit application submitted by Xcel Energy for the Glencoe to Waconia HVTL upgrade project
12/27/10 OES Energy Facility Permitting staff Comments and Recommendations on application acceptance: Xcel Energy Glencoe to Waconia HVTL project | 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
12/10/10 HVTL Route Permit Application: Southwest Twin Cities 115 kV HVTL Upgrades Glencoe to Waconia
The proposed project measures approximately 23 miles in length and primarily follows existing transmission line corridor, initiating from the proposed Diamond Substation near the city of Glencoe and ending at a transmission structure located approximately 1.25 miles west of the Augusta Substation
03/12/10 Notice of Intent to File Application Pursuant to Alternative Permitting Process for a proposed 115 kV transmission line upgrade to the Glencoe to Waconia 69 kV transmission system. | document details
In accordance with Minnesota RuIe 7850.2800, Subpart 2, Northern States Power Company, doing business as Xcel Energy, notified the PUC that it intents to submit an application for a route permit for the Southwest Twin Cities 115 kV Glencoe to Waconia project following the alternative permitting procedures in Minnesota Rules 7850.2800 to 7850.3700
Date Document On Behalf Of Description
12/23/13 201312-94850-03 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--SWTC_AS_BUILT_PLANS3_P1_10
12/23/13 201312-94850-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--SWTC_AS_BUILT_PLANS1
12/23/13 201312-94850-04 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--SWTC_AS_BUILT_PLANS4_P11
12/23/13 201312-94850-05 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--SWTC_AS_BUILT_PLANS5
12/23/13 201312-94850-02 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--SWTC_AS_BUILT_PLANS2_P12_2
11/12/13 201311-93591-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--OCT IN SERVICE AND COMPLAINT SUMMARY
10/08/13 201310-92248-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--NO COMPLAINTS FOR SEPT 2013
09/13/13 20139-91273-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--NO COMPLAINTS RECEIVED FOR AUGUST 2013
08/13/13 20138-90237-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--NO COMPLAINTS JULY 2013
07/11/13 20137-89009-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--JUNE COMPLAINT SUMMARY
06/13/13 20136-88126-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--COMPLAINTS FOR MAY
05/15/13 20135-87005-01 PUC LETTER--TO ELLEN HEINE RE COMPLIANCE REVIEW
05/15/13 20135-87005-02 PUC LETTER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
05/13/13 20135-86923-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--APRIL COMPLAINT SUMMARY
04/29/13 20134-86364-01 DOC EFP OTHER--EFP STAFF REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION ON COMPLIANCE FILING
04/22/13 20134-85962-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--COVER-PLAN AND PROFILE DRAWINGS (1 OF 2)
04/22/13 20134-85962-02 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--PLAN AND PROFILE DRAWINGS (2 OF 2)
04/15/13 20134-85738-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--MARCH 2013 COMPLAINT SUMMARY
03/12/13 20133-84612-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--FEB 2013 COMPLAINTS
02/12/13 20132-83768-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--JANUARY COMPLAINTS SUMMARY
01/09/13 20131-82558-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--DEC 2012 COMPLAINTS
12/14/12 201212-81837-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--NOVEMBER COMPLAINT SUMMARY - NO COMPLAINTS RECEIVED
11/09/12 201211-80533-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER MN COMPLIANCE FILING--SUMMARY OF COMPLAINTS FOR OCTOBER
10/10/12 201210-79413-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING
10/05/12 201210-79270-01 PUC ORDER--COMPLIANCE REVIEW - XCEL ENERGY - SWTC GLENCOE-WACONIA HVTL PROJECT COMPLIANCE FILINGS OF AUGUST 14 AND 23, AND OCTOBER 2, 2012
10/05/12 201210-79270-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
10/04/12 201210-79203-01 DOC EFP OTHER--COMPLIANCE FILING REVIEW
10/03/12 201210-79166-01 DOC EFP OTHER--COMPLIANCE FILING REVIEW
10/02/12 201210-79138-01 XCEL ENERGY LETTER--PLAN AND PROFILE DRAWINGS
09/13/12 20129-78640-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING
09/10/12 20129-78495-01 DOC EFP COMMENTS--EFP STAFF REVIEW OF COMPLIANCE FILING
08/23/12 20128-78080-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--PLAN AND PROFILE
08/14/12 20128-77828-02 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--FIELD_REPRESENTATIVE
08/14/12 20128-77828-03 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--WESTWACONIASUB_PLAN
08/14/12 20128-77828-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--DNR_CONSULTATION
01/19/12 20121-70440-10 PUC MINUTES--OCTOBER 20, 2011 AGENDA MEETING
12/22/11 201112-69542-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--COMPLAINT PROCEDURES
11/14/11 201111-68325-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
11/14/11 201111-68325-01 PUC ORDER
10/11/11 201110-67220-05 DOC COMMENTS--AFFIDAVIT AND SERVICE LIST
10/11/11 201110-67220-03 DOC COMMENTS--PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS AND ORDER
10/11/11 201110-67220-02 DOC COMMENTS--AND RECOMMENDATIONS
10/11/11 201110-67220-01 DOC COMMENTS--AND RECOMMENDATIONS - COVER LETTER
10/11/11 201110-67220-04 DOC COMMENTS--PROPOSED HVTL PERMIT
10/07/11 201110-67106-04 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--OCTOBER 20, 2011
09/27/11 20119-66668-02 OAH ORDER--SUMMARY OF TESTIMONY AT PUBLIC HEARING AND SUMMARY OF WRITTEN COMMENTS
09/07/11 20119-66033-01 MNDOT COMMENTS--IN RESPONSE TO NOTICE
09/06/11 20119-66008-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY LETTER--COMMENTS TO QUESTIONS RAISED AT HEARINGS
08/22/11 20118-65596-03 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY TESTIMONY--DIRECT TESTIMONY AND SCHEDULES OF SRINIVAS VEMURI
08/22/11 20118-65598-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER---EXHIBIT LIST AND WITNESS LIST
08/22/11 20118-65596-02 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY TESTIMONY--DIRECT TESTIMONY AND SCHEDULES OF TIM ROGERS
08/22/11 20118-65596-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY TESTIMONY--FILING LETTER, CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LISTS
07/28/11 20117-64714-11 DOC OTHER--FIG 17 ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES MAP SEGMENT 1
07/28/11 20117-64714-05 DOC OTHER--FIG 14 MAP MAISER ALTERNATIVE SEGMENT
07/28/11 20117-64711-11 DOC OTHER--FIG 4 PROPOSED HVTL ROUTE SEGMENT 1
07/28/11 20117-64711-13 DOC OTHER--FIG 5 PROPOSED HVTL ROUTE SEGMENT 2
07/28/11 20117-64716-01 DOC OTHER--FIG 19 ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES MAP SEGMENT 3
07/28/11 20117-64711-17 DOC OTHER--FIG 7 PROPOSED HVTL ROUTE SEGMENT 4
07/28/11 20117-64714-07 DOC OTHER--FIG 15 MAP WALDRON ALTERNATIVE SEGMENT
07/28/11 20117-64711-05 DOC OTHER--FIG 1 GENERAL VICINITY MAP
07/28/11 20117-64714-13 DOC OTHER--FIG 18 ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES MAP SEGMENT 2
07/28/11 20117-64716-15 DOC OTHER--APPENDIX A EA SCOPING DECISION
07/28/11 20117-64714-01 DOC OTHER--FIG 12 POLE DIMENSIONS-GEN ROW REQUIREMENTS DOUBLE CIRCUIT
07/28/11 20117-64716-09 DOC OTHER--FIG 23 ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES MAP SEGMENT 7
07/28/11 20117-64711-09 DOC OTHER--FIG 3 PROPOSED HVTL ROUTE-CITY OF GLENCOE ROUTE
07/28/11 20117-64716-11 DOC OTHER--FIG 24 LAND USE MAP
07/28/11 20117-64711-03 DOC OTHER--EA DOCUMENT
07/28/11 20117-64714-03 DOC OTHER--FIG 13 PHOTO SINGLE AND DOUBLE CIRCUIT
07/28/11 20117-64711-15 DOC OTHER--FIG 6 PROPOSED HVTL ROUTE SEGMENT 3
07/28/11 20117-64711-01 DOC OTHER--EA COVER SHEET
07/28/11 20117-64716-07 DOC OTHER--FIG 22 ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES MAP SEGMENT 6
07/28/11 20117-64716-05 DOC OTHER--FIG 21 ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES MAP SEGMENT 5
07/28/11 20117-64716-17 DOC OTHER--APPENDIX B SAMPLE HVTL ROUTE PERMIT
07/28/11 20117-64716-13 DOC OTHER--FIG 25 MAISER ALTERNATIVES AND TH 5
07/28/11 20117-64711-07 DOC OTHER--FIG 2 PROPOSED HVTL PROJECT.
07/28/11 20117-64674-01 DOC NOTICE--PUBLIC HEARING AND AVAILABILITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
07/28/11 20117-64716-03 DOC OTHER--FIG 20 ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES MAP SEGMENT 4
07/28/11 20117-64711-19 DOC OTHER--FIG 8 PROPOSED HVTL ROUTE SEGMENT 5
07/28/11 20117-64714-09 DOC OTHER--FIG 16 MAP KRAMER ALTERNATIVE ROUTE AND ROUTE SEGMENT
04/22/11 20114-61590-04 VARIOUS PARTIES PUBLIC COMMENT--EVENING SESSION OF INFORMATION AND SCOPING MTG - MARCH 1, 2011
04/22/11 20114-61591-02 VARIOUS PARTIES PUBLIC COMMENT
04/22/11 20114-61590-02 VARIOUS PARTIES PUBLIC COMMENT--AFTERNOON SESSION OF INFORMATION AND SCOPING MTG - MARCH 1, 2011
04/04/11 20114-60962-02 DOC OES DECISION--SIGNED SCOPING DECISION
04/04/11 20114-60968-01 DOC OES NOTICE--OF SCOPING DECISION AND INTENT TO PREPARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
03/31/11 20113-60790-02 XCEL ENERGY COMMENTS
03/30/11 20113-60721-02 MARILYN ADAMS MAISER PUBLIC COMMENT
03/30/11 20113-60720-01 ROGER AND FRANCES KRAMER PUBLIC COMMENT
03/30/11 20113-60722-02 ROB AND DIANE MILLER PUBLIC COMMENT
03/30/11 20113-60715-01 VARIOUS PARTIES PUBLIC COMMENT--EVENING SESSION-3-1-2011-CLAY COMMUNITY BLDG
03/30/11 20113-60714-01 VARIOUS PARTIES PUBLIC COMMENT--AFTERNOON SESSION-3-1-2011-CLAY COMMUNITY BLDG
03/30/11 20113-60718-02 MARK GIESEKE PUBLIC COMMENT
03/30/11 20113-60724-02 MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY PUBLIC COMMENT
03/30/11 20113-60723-01 JERRY WALDRON PUBLIC COMMENT
03/30/11 20113-60719-01 MARK AND ANGELA JACQUES PUBLIC COMMENT
03/30/11 20113-60725-02 MNDOT PUBLIC COMMENT
03/30/11 20113-60728-02 U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE PUBLIC COMMENT
03/30/11 20113-60717-01 MINNESOTA DNR PUBLIC COMMENT
03/30/11 20113-60716-02 CITY OF CHASKA PUBLIC COMMENT
03/23/11 20113-60542-01 MN/DOT COMMENTS
03/17/11 20113-60422-01 PUC MINUTES--JANUARY 6, 2011 AGENDA MEETING
02/25/11 20112-59913-01 DOC OES NOTICE--OF PUBLIC INFORMATION AND SCOPING MEETINGS
02/01/11 20112-59103-01 DOC OES NOTICE--OF PUBLIC INFO AND SCOPING MEETINGS
01/25/11 20111-58863-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY REQUEST TO UPDATE SERVICE LIST--ADD HERRING, KOELLER, SIMPSER
01/14/11 20111-58527-01 PUC ORDER
01/14/11 20111-58527-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
01/11/11 20111-58406-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY COMPLIANCE FILING--CONFIRMATION OF NOTICE
12/30/10 201012-57989-01 DOC OES COMMENTS--AND RECOMMENDS ON APPLICATION ACCEPTANCE
12/23/10 201012-57807-02 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--JANUARY 6, 2011 AGENDA
12/10/10 201012-57363-06 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION-APPENDICES C-F
12/10/10 201012-57363-02 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION AND APPENDIX A
12/10/10 201012-57363-04 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION-APPENDIX B-PART 2 OF 3
12/10/10 201012-57363-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION FILING LETTER
12/10/10 201012-57363-05 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION-APPENDIX B-PART 3 OF 3
12/10/10 201012-57363-03 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION-APPENDIX B -PART 1 OF 3
03/17/10 20103-48106-01 XCEL ENERGY INITIAL FILING--INTENT TO FILE ROUTE PERMIT GLENCOE TO WACONIS UPGRADE