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Project Docket

Docket No E002/CN-09-1390
Project name Southwest Twin Cities 115 kV HVTL Upgrades (Glencoe - Waconia) CON
Applicant NSP, dba Xcel Energy
Description Certificate of Need: 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; Twin Cities Metropolitan Area
Docket created: November 30, 2010
Status:
 
02-2-2011
Application accepted
 
03-1-2011
Public meeting
 
04-1-2011
Scoping decision
 
07-20-2011
Environmental document available
 
08-24-2011
Public hearing
 
11-14-2011
Certificate of Need issued
 
Project closed
 
Docket closed
eDockets 09-1390
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Project Summary

Xcel Energy and the City of Glencoe (Applicants) proposes to construct new 69 and 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission lines, and to upgrade an existing 69 kV transmission line (approximately 28 miles total), near the cities of Glencoe, Plato, Norwood Young America and Waconia, in the southwest Twin Cities metro area (see attached map).  In addition, the project includes a new substation and modifications to existing substations along the transmission line route.

The Applicants propose to construct the following facilities for which a Certificate of

Need 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 will also file an application for a Route Permit 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 HVTL Route Permit proceeding is E002/TL-10-249.

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

http://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/Docket.html?Id=30371

File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
11/14/11 Commission Order on Certificate of Need for the Xcel Energy Glencoe-Waconia HVTL Upgrade Project | document details
Public Utilities Commission order granting a Certificate of Need in the Matter of the Application of Northern States Power Company d/b/a Xcel Energy and the City of Glencoe for a Certificate of Need for 115kV Transmission Line Upgrades to the Glencoe-Waconia 69 kV System
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 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
03/04/11 Public Comment 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
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
02/11/11 Notice of comment period on CON application for 115 kV HVTL Glencoe-Waconia upgrade project | document details
The Commission accepted Xcel Energy's and the city of Glencoe's Certificate of Need Application for the 115 kV HVTL upgrade to the Glencoe-Waconia 69 kV system as complete and is soliciting written comments on the merits of the proposed project through March 14, 2011, and reply comments through April 4, 2011
02/02/11 PUC Order: CON Application Completeness | document details
At its January 27, 2011, meeting, the Commission accepted as complete the Certificate of Need application submitted by Xcel Energy and the city of Glencoe for the Glencoe to Waconia HVTL upgrade project
02/01/11 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 are accepted until March 23, 2011.
12/09/10 Notice of PUC Meeting | document details
At its December 21, 2010, meeting, the PUC will consider the items listed on the attached agenda, including timing questions related to the Southwest Twin Cities 115 kV Certificate of Need application
12/03/10 Public Notice: Comment Period on Completeness of CON Application | document details
Take Note that on November 30, 2010 Northern States Power Company d/b/a Xcel Energy, and the City of Glencoe (the Applicants) filed a certificate of need application with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) for 115 kV transmission line upgrades to the Glenconia - Waconia 69 kV system in Carver and MacLeod Counties.
11/30/10 CON Application: Southwest Twin Cities 115 kV HVTL Upgrades (Glencoe - Waconia)
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

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