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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.

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Project Docket

Docket No E002/TL-10-1026
Project name St. Cloud Loop 115 kV Transmission Line
Applicant Xcel Energy
Description Proposed 115 kV transmission line to be located in the northern part of the city of Sauk Rapids and the Townships of Minden and Sauk Rapids in Benton County, Minnesota
Size/primary fuel 403.36K, .pdf
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Benton County
Docket created: March 11, 2011
Status:
 
04-11-2011
Application accepted
 
05-11-2011
Public meeting
 
06-3-2011
Scoping decision
 
09-16-2011
Environmental document available
 
09-28-2011
Public hearing
 
12-9-2011
Permit issued
 
03-1-2013
Project not built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 10-1026
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Project Summary

On March 11, 2011, Xcel Energy submitted an application to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) for a route permit to construct approximately 4.7 miles of new 115 kV transmission line that would primarily run north-south from the Mayhew Lake substation in Sauk Rapids Township to the Granite City substation and northwest-southeast from the intersection of Line 5509 with Lines 0887 and 0899 to transmission structure 39 in Minden Township.

  • The application was accepted as complete by the Commission on April 11, 2011.
  • A public information and scoping meeting was conducted by the Department of Commerce on May 11, 2011, at the Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.
  • The scoping decision was issued by the Department of Commerce on June 6, 2011.
  • The environmental assessment for the project was completed on September 16, 2011.
  • A public hearing was conducted on behalf of the Public Utilities Commission on September 28, 2011, at Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.    
  • The Commission issued a route permit to Xcel Energy for the project on December 8, 2011. 

For a variety of reasons, including the closure of the Verso paper mill in Sartell, Minn., Xcel Energy has elected not to construct the proposed St. Cloud loop project.

File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
01/06/12 St. Cloud Loop Notice of Permit Decision (39 KB) | document details
The Commission issued a high voltage transmission line route permit, with appropriate conditions, to Northern States Power, a Minnesota Corporation (d/b/a Xcel Energy) on December 8, 2011
12/09/11 Final Order Issuing a Route Permit for the St. Cloud Loop 115 kV Transmission Line Project (4.3 MB) | document details
The final order including comments and recommendations of the EFP, findings of fact, conclusions of law, and order, and a route permit
11/22/11 Comments and Recommendations on the Route Permit for the Proposed St. Cloud Loop 115 kV Transmission Line Project (4 MB) | document details
EFP has submitted comments and recommendations, findings of fact, conclusions of law, and order, and route permit to the Commission for its decision on the proposed project
09/16/11 Environmental Assessment - St. Cloud Loop New 115 kV Transmission Line
This environmental assessment 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
09/14/11 St. Cloud Loop 115 kV Project - Notice of Public Hearing and EA Availability (372 KB) | document details
A public hearing will be held on September 28, 2011, in Sauk Rapids on the St. Cloud Loop 115 kV transmission line project. An environmental report is available. Comments may be submitted to the administrative law judge through October 11, 2011
06/06/11 Scoping Decision for the St. Cloud Loop 115 kV Project Environmental Assessment (EA) | document details
The scoping decision describes those issues and route alternatives which will be evaluated in the EA for the St. Cloud Loop 115 kV project. The EA is expected to be completed and available in July 2011.
06/02/11 Public Comments on the EA Scope for the St. Cloud Loop 115 kV Project
Public comments from government agencies and citizens on issues and route alternatives to include in the EA; includes record of public meeting comments
04/13/11 Notice of Public Information and Environmental Assessment Scoping Meeting for the St. Cloud Loop 115 kV Transmission Line Project (2.5 MB) | document details
The Department of Commerce will conduct a public information and environmental assessment scoping meeting on May 11, 2011, at the Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School in Sauk Rapids. Comments are accepted until May 25, 2011
04/11/11 Commission Order Application Acceptance (2.5 MB) | document details
Commission Order accepting the Xcel Energy route permit application for the St. Cloud Loop 115 kV Transmission Line Project as complete under the alternative permitting process
03/30/11 EFP Comments and Recommendations on the St. Cloud Loop 115 kV Route Permit Application (2.5 MB) | document details
Staff recommendations that the Commission accept the route permit application as complete under the Alternative Review Process of the Power Plant Siting Act
03/11/11 Route Permit Application
Xcel Energy's application for proposed St. Cloud Loop 115 kV transmission line in Benton County, Minnesota, under the alternative permitting process

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