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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 - an 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/CN-10-694
Project name Xcel Energy Hiawatha 115 kV HVTL Certificate of Need docket
Applicant Xcel Energy
Description The Hiawatha Project was designed to address the distribution system problems that exist in south Minneapolis. The Project consists of two new 115/13.8 kV distribution substations equipped with smart substation technologies, two 115 kV transmission lines and two new taps of the existing Elliot Park – Southtown 115 kV transmission line
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Twin Cities Metropolitan Area
Docket created: November 01, 2010
Status:
 
02-15-2011
Application accepted
 
03-16-2011
Public meeting
 
04-21-2011
Scoping decision
 
05-11-2011
Public hearing
 
08-16-2011
Environmental document available
 
02-10-2012
Certificate of Need issued
 
Project closed
 
Docket closed
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Project Summary

Xcel Energy has proposed the Hiawatha Project to make major improvements to the electric infrastructure in south Minneapolis in order to meet the area’s growing need for electricity.

The Hiawatha Project would construct two 115-kilovolt transmission lines along 29th Street E and the Hennepin County Regional Rail Authority Corridor in south Minneapolis. The 1.4 mile-long lines would connect to a new substation near the Hiawatha corridor and another new substation at Oakland Ave South. Pending regulatory review and approval, construction would begin in mid 2011 and be completed in 2012.

On April 24, 2009 Xcel Energy filed a Route Permit Application (Application) with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) -- officially beginning the state’s permitting process. The Application reflects the input we received from the public during months of outreach and includes multiple transmission line routes and design options -- with two underground options -- and alternative locations for both substations, as well as comments we received from stakeholders and resolutions passed by elected officials and community organizations.

The Minnesota State Legislature has since passed legislation that requires Xcel Energy to go through the Certificate of Need process for the Hiawatha Project. Prior to the passage of this legislation, a project the size of the Hiawatha Project did not require a certificate of need before it could be permitted. During this process, the MPUC will evaluate the need for the project and determine the type of transmission lines to construct (if any). The process, which will include notices to the community and opportunities for public input, typically takes a year to complete. Look for future updates about the certificate of need process.

The docket number for the HVTL Route Permit proceeding is E002/TL-09-38.

The Energy Facility Permitting web page for the HVTL Route Permit docket can be found at:

http://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/Docket.html?Id=19981

File Register
DateDocumentDescription
02/10/12 PUC HVTL Certificate of Need Final Decision: Xcel Energy Hiawatha Project | document details
The Commission has issued an Order granting a Certificate of Need to Xcel Energy
11/04/11 ALJ's Summary of Public Comments: Xcel Energy Hiawatha HVTL Project Certificate of Need Proceedings | document details
Public hearings were held on October 10, 2011, by ALJ Beverly Jones Heydinger, pursuant to the Notice of Public Hearing and Availability of Environmental Report, issued on August 26, 2011
08/26/11 Public Notice: Public Hearing and Availability of Environmental Report | document details
A public hearing will be held on October 10, 2011, in Minneapolis concerning a certificate of need for the proposed 115 kV Hiawatha transmission line project. Comments may be submitted to the administrative law judge through October 26, 2011. An environmental report of the project has been completed and is available for review prior to the hearing
08/19/11 Environmental Report: Hiawatha HVTL Project Certificate of Need | document details
This Environmental Report 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
04/21/11 Scoping Decision: Xcel Energy's Hiawatha HVTL Project | document details
The Deputy Commissioner, Division of Energy Resources has issued his Scope determining the impacts and alternatives to be evaluated in the Environmental Report for the proposed Hiawatha HVTL Project
04/21/11 Availability of Scoping Decision: Xcel Energy's Hiawatha HVTL Project Certificate of Need Proceeding | document details
The Minnesota Department of Commerce announces the release of the scoping decision and notice of intent to prepare an environmental report (ER) for the proposed Hiawatha transmission line project
04/20/11 Xcel Energy responses to ER scoping comments | document details
Northern States Power Company, a Minnesota corporation (Xcel Energy), responses to Environmental Report (ER) scoping comments submited pursuant to Minnesota Rules Part 7849.1400, Subp. 6
04/06/11 Public Comments on the Scope of the Environmental Document
OES EFP held a Public Information/Scoping meeting on the Hiawatha project (CON) on March 16, 2011; the comment period allowing the public to submit comments on the scope of the ER was open until April 6, 2011. The following comments were received
03/04/11 Draft Scoping Document: Hiawatha HVTL Project Certificate of Need Proceedings | 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 Office of Energy Security (OES) has determined are appropriate for inclusion in the environmental review document
02/17/11 PUC Order: Finding application complete and initiating informal review process | document details
On January 27, 2011, the Commission accepted as substantially complete Xcel Energy's Certificate of Need Application for Two 115kV Transmission Lines in the Midtown area of South Minneapolis
02/17/11 PUC Notice of CON Comment Period | document details
The Commission found Xcel Energy's Hiawatha 115 kV Certificate of Need Application complete on February 16, 2011, and is soliciting written comment on the merits of the proposed project
02/11/11 Public Meeting Notice: Hiawatha HVTL CON | document details
The OES will conduct public information and environmental report (ER) scoping meetings on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at the Plaza Verde on the certificate of need application by Xcel Energy for the proposed 115 kV high voltage transmission lines (HVTL) in the Midtown area of south Minneapolis (Hiawatha Project). Comments on the ER scope will be accepted until April 6, 2011.
12/09/10 Public of PUC Meeting | document details
The Commission will consider the items listed on the attached agenda, including timing questions related to the Hiawatha 115 kV Certificate of Need application, on Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at 9:30 AM. The meeting will be held in the Large Hearing Room, Suite 350, 121 7th Place East, St. Paul, MN
Public Notice: Comment Period on Completeness of CON Application | document details
The Commission is soliciting comments on Xcel Energy's November 29, 2010, certificate of need application for two 115 kV HVTLs and two new distribution substations in the Midtown Area of South Minneapolis.
11/29/10 Certificate of Need Application - Hiawatha HVTL Project
Application of Northern States Power Company for a Certificate of Need for construction of two 115 kV transmission lines and two distribution substations in south Minneapolis.
Date Document On Behalf Of Description
12/20/12 201212-82020-02 PUC LETTER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
12/20/12 201212-82020-01 PUC LETTER--TO PAUL LEHMAN RE COMPLIANCE FILING RESPONSE - COST EFFECTS OF IN-SERVICE DELAY AND CHANGE IN TRANSFORMER SIZE
11/26/12 201211-80983-01 DOC DER COMMENTS
11/19/12 201211-80820-01 PUC MINUTES--OCTOBER 11, 2012 AGENDA MEETING
11/14/12 201211-80635-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING---COST EFFECTS
10/15/12 201210-79541-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
10/15/12 201210-79541-01 PUC ORDER
10/04/12 201210-79198-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--OCTOBER 11, 2012 AGENDA MEETING
09/28/12 20129-79030-01 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--OCTOBER 11, 2012
09/17/12 20129-78716-01 DOC DER COMMENTS
08/31/12 20128-78325-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY, DOING BUSINESS AS XCEL ENERGY NOTICE--OF CHANGED CIRCUMSTANCES AND PETITION FOR THE HIAWATHA PROJECT
04/05/12 20124-73363-01 PUC MINUTES--JANUARY 12, 2012 AGENDA MEETING
02/10/12 20122-71416-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
02/10/12 20122-71416-01 PUC ORDER--ORDER GRANTING CERTIFICATE OF NEED
02/03/12 20122-71084-02 COURT REPORTER TRANSCRIPTS--TRANSCRIPT OF PUC DELIBERATIONS HELD ON JANUARY 12 2012 ST PAUL
01/11/12 20121-70178-02 PUC OTHER--ORAL ARGUMENT DOCUMENTS
01/04/12 20121-69903-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--JANUARY 10 AND JANUARY 12 AGENDA MEETINGS
12/30/11 201112-69845-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY LETTER--XCEL HIAWATHACON LETTER RE TRIPLEX
12/29/11 201112-69747-02 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--JANUARY 10 AND 12, 2012
11/04/11 201111-68109-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY TRANSCRIPTS--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING FOR 11-1-11 HEARING TRANSCRIPT TO PUBLIC LIBRARIES
11/04/11 201111-68107-01 OAH OTHER--SUMMARY OF PUBLIC COMMENT
11/03/11 201111-68066-01 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--PUBLIC COMMENT RECEIVED FROM V. BRUCE STENSWICK
10/27/11 201110-67746-01 CAROL A. OVERLAND COMMENTS--NEED COMMENT
10/27/11 201110-67777-03 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--PNNL
10/27/11 201110-67777-04 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--2002DLTR0018
10/27/11 201110-67777-06 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--FULL-DISCLOSURE
10/27/11 201110-67777-01 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--EMAILED COVER LETTER TO JUDGE HEYDINGER WITH 5 ATTACHMENTS
10/27/11 201110-67778-01 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT
10/27/11 201110-67777-05 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--GRIDLABD
10/27/11 201110-67777-02 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--MEMO
10/25/11 201110-67905-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
10/25/11 201110-67663-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY LETTER--LETTER TO ALJ HEYDINGER
10/06/11 201110-67053-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING FOR THE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND AVAILABILITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT
09/30/11 20119-66815-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY TESTIMONY--DIRECT TESTIMONY AND SCHEDULES OF PAUL LEHMAN, PAMELA RASMUSSEN AND SCOTT ZIMA
08/22/11 20118-65579-01 DOC NOTICE--OF PUBLIC HEARING AND AVAILABILITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT
08/17/11 20118-65452-01 DOC OTHER--ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT
08/01/11 20118-64896-01 VARIOUS PARTIES PUBLIC COMMENT--ORAL PUBLIC COMMENTS ON SCOPE - PLAZA VERDE. MPLS; AFTERNOON SESSION3-16-11
08/01/11 20118-64894-01 VARIOUS PARTIES PUBLIC COMMENT--WRITTEN PUBLIC COMMENTS ON SCOPE
08/01/11 20118-64896-02 VARIOUS PARTIES PUBLIC COMMENT--ORAL PUBLIC COMMENTS ON SCOPE - PLAZA VERDE. MPLS; EVENING SESSION 3-16-11
06/22/11 20116-63903-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY LETTER
05/16/11 20115-62593-01 DOC COMMENTS
05/10/11 20115-62407-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
05/03/11 20115-62225-01 SUBURBAN RATE AUTHORITY (SRA) COMMENTS
05/02/11 20114-62084-01 CARRIE ANNE JOHNSON REPLY COMMENTS---TO OES
05/02/11 20114-62084-02 CARRIE ANNE JOHNSON REPLY COMMENTS--ATTACHMENT RE THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE
04/29/11 20114-61941-01 CAROL A. OVERLAND COMMENTS--OVERLAND REPLY COMMENT
04/29/11 20114-62043-01 XCEL ENERGY REPLY COMMENTS
04/29/11 20114-61994-01 MINNEAPOLIS AND HENNEPIN COUNTY REPLY COMMENTS--JOINT REPLY TO OES
04/29/11 20114-61941-02 CAROL A. OVERLAND COMMENTS--OVERLAND COMMENT EXHIBIT AFFIDAVIT OF MCKAY
04/22/11 20114-61599-01 DOC OES OTHER--SCOPING DECISION
04/22/11 20114-61600-01 DOC NOTICE--OF SCOPING DECISION AND INTENT TO PREPARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT
04/20/11 20114-61484-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY REPLY COMMENTS--RESPONSES TO SCOPING COMMENTS
04/07/11 20114-61088-01 CAROL A. OVERLAND REQUEST TO UPDATE SERVICE LIST--ADD OVERLAND
04/06/11 20114-61081-03 CAROL A OVERLAND COMMENTS--OVERLAND COMMENTS FB2
04/06/11 20114-61061-01 BRUCE MCKAY COMMENTS--COMMENT AFFIDAVIT OF MCKAY RE MAGNETIC FIELDS
04/06/11 20114-61081-01 CAROL A OVERLAND COMMENTS--OVERLAND COMMENTS EXHIBIT FA
04/06/11 20114-61080-03 CAROL A. OVERLAND COMMENTS--EXHIBIT B XCEL ANNUAL FILING SAIDI
04/06/11 20114-61081-04 CAROL A OVERLAND COMMENTS--OVERLAND COMMENTS EXHIBIT G ROUTING SCOPING DECISION
04/06/11 20114-61080-01 CAROL A. OVERLAND COMMENTS--ER SCOPING COMMENTS OF CAROL OVERLAND
04/06/11 20114-61081-07 CAROL A OVERLAND COMMENTS--OVERLAND COMMENT EXHIBIT J CHISAGO RESOLUTION FSR
04/06/11 20114-61081-09 CAROL A OVERLAND COMMENTS--OVERLAND COMMENTS EXHIBIT L PLTF COMMENTS
04/06/11 20114-61080-04 CAROL A. OVERLAND COMMENTS--EXHIBIT C DISTRIBUTION OUTAGE REPORTS
04/06/11 20114-61080-06 CAROL A. OVERLAND COMMENTS--EXHIBIT E NMSPE MEETING MINUTES
04/06/11 20114-61080-05 CAROL A. OVERLAND COMMENTS--EX D CONDUCTOR SPECS PART I
04/06/11 20114-61081-02 CAROL A OVERLAND COMMENTS--OVERLAND COMMENTS EXHIBIT FB1
04/06/11 20114-61080-02 CAROL A. OVERLAND COMMENTS--EXHIBIT A 2007 BIENNIAL XMSN RPT SELECTED
04/06/11 20114-61081-08 CAROL A OVERLAND COMMENTS--OVERLAND COMMENTS EXHIBIT K XCEL COST SHARING AGMT
04/06/11 20114-61081-05 CAROL A OVERLAND COMMENTS--OVERLAND COMMENTS EXHIBIT H NSP PETITION CFSR
04/06/11 20114-61081-06 CAROL A OVERLAND COMMENTS--OVERLAND COMMENTS EXHIBIT I NSP SCF-TF AGREEMENT
03/31/11 20113-60833-01 DOC OES COMMENTS
03/17/11 20113-60423-02 PUC MINUTES--DECEMBER 21, 2010 AGENDA MEETING
03/09/11 20113-60214-01 PUC OTHER--NOTICE OF FILING AND PUBLIC COMMENT SENT TO STATE REGISTER
03/04/11 20113-60111-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING FOR NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION AND SCOPING MEETINGS
02/18/11 20112-59664-10 PUC MINUTES--JANUARY 27, 2011 AGENDA MEETING
02/17/11 20112-59648-01 PUC NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD
02/16/11 20112-59600-01 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
02/16/11 20112-59599-01 PUC ORDER--FINDING APPLICATION COMPLETE AND INITIATING INFORMAL REVIEW PROCESS
02/11/11 20112-59453-01 DOC OES NOTICE--OF PUBLIC INFO AND SCOPING MTGS
01/20/11 20111-58736-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--JANUARY 27, 2011 AGENDA MEETING
01/14/11 20111-58536-08 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--JAN. 27, 2011
01/14/11 20111-58554-05 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--CORRECTED NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING 1-27-2011
01/07/11 20111-58280-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY REPLY COMMENTS--- ON COMPLETENESS
01/06/11 20111-58210-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--SUPPLEMENTAL FILING
01/05/11 20111-58139-02 SHIRLEYMIDTOWNPHILLIPS@MSN.COM EXTENSIONVARIANCE REQUEST--2 OF 2
01/05/11 20111-58139-01 SHIRLEYMIDTOWNPHILLIPS@MSN.COM EXTENSIONVARIANCE REQUEST--1 OF 2
01/03/11 20111-58086-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
12/28/10 201012-57930-02 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY COMPLIANCE FILING--PART 2 OF 2
12/28/10 201012-57930-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY COMPLIANCE FILING--PART 1 OF 2
12/27/10 201012-57895-01 EAST PHILLIPS IMPROVEMENT COALITION REQUEST TO UPDATE SERVICE LIST
12/27/10 201012-57866-01 MIDTOWN PHILLIPS OTHER---SUPPORTS EXTENSION
12/27/10 201012-57884-02 MIDTOWN PHILLIPS COMMENTS
12/27/10 201012-57867-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
12/27/10 201012-57884-01 MIDTOWN PHILLIPS COMMENTS
12/27/10 201012-57890-01 EAST PHILLIPS IMPROVEMENT COALITION LETTER
12/27/10 201012-57882-01 DOC OES OTHER--COMPLETENESS REVIEW
12/23/10 201012-57818-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
12/23/10 201012-57818-01 PUC ORDER--VARYING TIME
12/20/10 201012-57710-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
12/20/10 201012-57683-01 HENN. CO., MPLS, MGC LETTER--09-38 ROUTE PERMIT NUMBER
12/16/10 201012-57543-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--DECEMBER 21, 2010 AGENDA MEETING
12/09/10 201012-57319-09 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--DECEMBER 21, 2010
12/06/10 201012-57299-01 XCEL ENERGY OTHER--FILING FEE
12/02/10 201012-57096-01 PUC NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD
11/29/10 201011-56864-05 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX G
11/29/10 201011-56864-03 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX E.2
11/29/10 201011-56864-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX D
11/29/10 201011-56864-02 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX E.1
11/29/10 201011-56865-02 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--FILING SUMMARY -CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
11/29/10 201011-56863-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--COVER
11/29/10 201011-56864-04 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX F
11/29/10 201011-56863-03 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX A.1 & A.2
11/29/10 201011-56863-04 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX B
11/29/10 201011-56864-06 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--CERT OF SERVICE
11/29/10 201011-56863-02 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPLICATION
11/29/10 201011-56865-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--FILING SUMMARY
11/29/10 201011-56863-05 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX C.1, .2, C.3 & C.4
10/01/10 201010-55074-01 PUC MINUTES--AUGUST 17, 201 AGENDA MEETING
08/17/10 20108-53572-01 PUC ORDER
08/10/10 20108-53395-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--AUGUST 17, 2010 AGENDA MEETING
08/05/10 20108-53265-01 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--AUGUST 17, 2010
07/30/10 20107-53088-01 XCEL ENERGY OTHER--REPLY RESPONSE
07/13/10 20107-52514-01 DOC OES COMMENTS
06/23/10 20106-51899-02 XCEL ENERGY INITIAL FILING
06/23/10 20106-51899-01 XCEL ENERGY INITIAL FILING