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Project Docket

Docket No E002/TL-11-223
Project name Orono Substation Expansion and new 115 kV Transmission Line Project
Applicant Xcel Energy
Description Xcel Energy Proposes to replace the existing 69 kV Orono Substation and construct approximately 0.6 miles of new 115 kV transmission line in the city of Orono in Hennepin County
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Hennepin County; Hennepin County -- Orono City
Docket created: June 06, 2011
Contacts: Suzanne Steinhauer, 651-539-1843, Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
 
06-30-2011
Application accepted
 
08-10-2011
Public meeting
 
09-12-2011
Scoping decision
 
11-30-2011
Environmental document available
 
12-15-2011
Public hearing
 
04-6-2012
Permit issued
 
11-19-2013
Project built
 
12-4-2013
Docket closed
eDockets 11-223
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Project Summary

On April 6, 2012, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission issued a permit to Xcel Energy for construction of a new 115 kV substation to replace the existing 69 kV Orono Substation, and construction of approximately 0.6 miles of 115 kV transmission line in the city of Orono.

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
04/06/12 Order issuing Route Permit
Commission's Order issuing a route permit for the Orono Substation Expansion and new 115 kV Transmission Line. Includes the permit, findings of fact, and a route map
File Register
DateDocumentDescription
04/06/12 Order issuing Route Permit
Commission's Order issuing a route permit for the Orono Substation Expansion and new 115 kV Transmission Line. Includes the permit, findings of fact, and a route map
01/17/12 Noise Assessment: Orono Substation Replacement Project | document details
Noise assessment prepared for Xcel Energy on the proposed Orono Substation Replacement Project. Comments on the assessment are due to the ALJ January 31, 2012.
01/13/12 Notice of Comment Period on Noise Assessment for the Orono Substation Expansion and New 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
Interested persons may comment by January 31, 2012, on the noise assessment prepared by Xcel Energy on the project. Comments should be sent to the Administrative Law Judge presiding over this proceeding
11/30/11 Notice of Public Hearing and availability of Environmental Assessment for the Orono Substation Replacement and new 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
A public hearing will be held on December 15, 2011, in Orono on the Orono Substation Expansion and new 115 kV Transmission Line Project. . An environmental report is available. Comments may be submitted to the administrative law judge through January 6, 2012
11/30/11 Environmental Assessment for Orono Substation Expansion and new 115 kV Transmsision 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
09/12/11 Scoping Decision Orono Substation Expansion and New 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
The scoping decision, issued September 12, 2011, identifies the routes and issues to be addressed in the EA prepared for the Project. The EA will look at Xcel Energy's proposed route as well as one route alternative through Baker Park Preserve. The EA will be available in October, 2011
09/07/11 Public Meeting Transcript, August 10, 2011 | document details
Transcript of Public Information and Scoping Meeting for the proposed Orono Subtation Expansion and 115 kV Transmission Project
09/07/11 Scoping Comments received on proposed Xcel Orono Substation and 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
Compilation of public comments received regarding the scope of the Environmental Assessment to be prepared for the Project
07/27/11 Notice of Public Information and Scoping Meeting for Proposed Orono Substation Expansion and new 115 kV Transmsiion Line Project | document details
Public Information and Scoping Meeting on August 10, 2011, at the Orono City Hall, for Xcel Energy's proposed Orono Substation Expansion and new 115 kV Transmission Line Project. The deadline for comments is Friday, August 26, 2011
06/30/11 Order Accepting Xcel Energy's HVTL Route Application | document details
Commission Order accepting the HVTL Route Permit Application for the Orono 115 kV Transmission Project
06/22/11 EFP staff Comments and Recommendations on Application Acceptance | document details
EFP staff Comments and Recommendations on acceptance of Xcel Energy's application for a HVTL Route Permit for an expantion of the Orono substation and construction of a new 115 kV transmission line
06/08/11 HVTL Route Permit Application for Orono Substation Expansion and New 115 kV Transmission Line
Northern States Power Company (Xcel Energy) HVTL Route Permit Application for substation replacement and new 0.6 mile 115 kV transmission line in Orono
Date Document On Behalf Of Description
04/01/14 20144-97831-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER MN COMPLIANCE FILING--SUMMARY OF COMPLAINTS FOR OCTOBER - REPLACES SUBMISSION 201211-80539-01
12/16/13 201312-94652-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--FINAL SIGNED PLAN DRAWINGS OF AS-BUILT STRUCTURE LOCATIONS
11/12/13 201311-93592-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--OCT COMPLAINT SUMMARY AND IN SERVICE
10/08/13 201310-92246-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--NO COMPLIANTS SEPT 2013
09/13/13 20139-91272-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--NO COMPLAINTS RECEIVED FOR AUGUST 2013
08/13/13 20138-90238-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--NO COMPLAINTS JULY 2013
07/19/13 20137-89334-01 PUC LETTER--TO ELLEN HEINE RE REVIEW OF COMPLIANCE FILING
07/11/13 20137-89008-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--JUNE COMPLAINT SUMMARY
07/09/13 20137-88970-01 DOC EFP STAFF COMPLIANCE REVIEW--DOC EFP STAFF COMPLIANCE REVIEW OF XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING ON MISPLACED STRUCTURE 076-4
06/21/13 20136-88382-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--POJECT UPDATE-MISPLACED STRUCTURE
06/13/13 20136-88154-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--COMPLAINTS FOR MAY
06/04/13 20136-87805-01 DOC - EFP PUBLIC COMMENT--LETTER TO XCEL ENERGY AND DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
05/13/13 20135-86921-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--APRIL COMPLAINT SUMMARY
05/09/13 20135-86838-01 XCEL ENERGY LETTER--MISPLACED STRUCTURE
04/16/13 20134-85737-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--ORONO MARCH COMPLAINT SUMMARY
04/12/13 20134-85641-01 DOC EFP STAFF COMPLIANCE REVIEW--EFP STAFF REVIEW OF COMPLIANCE FILING RELATED TO ALIGNMENT MODIFICATION
03/22/13 20133-84932-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING
03/12/13 20133-84611-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--FEB 2013 COMPLAINTS
02/13/13 20132-83799-01 PUC LETTER--TO ELLEN HEINE RE COMPLIANCE REVIEW - PLAN AND PROFILE
02/13/13 20132-83799-02 PUC LETTER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
02/12/13 20132-83753-01 DOC EFP STAFF COMPLIANCE REVIEW--DEPARTMENT COMMENTS ON UPDATED PLAN AND PROFILE AND REPORT OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY
02/12/13 20132-83749-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--JANUARY COMPLAINT SUMMARY
02/07/13 20132-83644-01 DOC EFP COMPLIANCE REVIEW--DEPARTMENT COMMENTS ON PLAN AND PROFILE AND REPORT OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY
02/07/13 20132-83649-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--UPDATED PLAN AND PROFILE, ROW PREP
01/18/13 20131-82914-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING
01/08/13 20131-82557-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--DEC 2012 COMPLAINTS
12/14/12 201212-81836-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--NOVEMBER COMPLAINT SUMMARY - NO COMPLAINTS RECEIVED
12/04/12 201212-81357-49 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
12/04/12 201212-81357-21 PUC NOTICE--POWER PLANT SITING AND TRANSMISSION LINE ROUTING PROGRAM ANNUAL HEARING
11/09/12 201211-80513-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER MN COMPLIANCE FILING
10/10/12 201210-79416-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--SUMMARY OF COMPLAINTS FOR SEPTEMBER
09/19/12 20129-78807-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING
09/12/12 20129-78615-01 DOC - EFP LETTER--EFP REVIEW OF COMPLIANCE FILINGS RELATED TO ORONO SUBSTATION REPLACEMNENT
09/10/12 20129-78524-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING
09/10/12 20129-78474-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING
09/06/12 20129-78426-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--COMMENTS_FILING
09/06/12 20129-78426-02 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--ORONO_FIELD_REPRESENTATIVE
09/06/12 20129-78426-03 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--ORONO_COMPLAINT_PROCEDURES
08/15/12 20128-77877-03 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--SUBSTATION DETAILS PLAN
08/15/12 20128-77877-02 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--GRADING AND LANDSCAPING PLAN
08/15/12 20128-77877-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--COVER
06/08/12 20126-75449-01 DOC EFP COMMENTS--ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT OF PRELIMINARY SUBSTATION DESIGN PLANS AS REQUIRED BY ROUTE PERMIT CONDITION 5.3
05/23/12 20125-74944-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY COMPLIANCE FILING--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING OF NOTICE LETTER FOR FOLLOW UP ORONO MEETING
05/10/12 20125-74615-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING FOR PRELIMINARY DESIGN OF SUBSTATION REPLACEMENT-ADDITIONAL ADDRESSES
05/07/12 20125-74518-01 XCEL ENERGY OTHER--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING FOR PRELIMINARY DESIGN OF SUBSTATION REPLACEMENT-ADDITIONAL ADDRESSES
05/02/12 20125-74414-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--PRELIMINARY DESIGN OF ORONO SUBSTATION REPLACEMENT
04/18/12 20124-73756-04 PUC MINUTES--APRIL 5, 2012 AGENDA MEETING
04/17/12 20124-73679-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
04/06/12 20124-73395-01 PUC ORDER
04/06/12 20124-73395-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
03/28/12 20123-73063-01 DOC EFP STAFF COMMENTS--COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS, PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT, PROPOSED HVTL ROUTE PERMIT, PROPOSED ROUTE MAP
03/23/12 20123-72865-04 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--APRIL 5, 2012
03/13/12 20123-72548-01 DOC EFP STAFF PUBLIC COMMENT--MPCA COMMENTS, INADVERTENTLY OMITTED FROM PREVIOUSLY FILED HEARING COMMENTS
03/05/12 20123-72225-01 OAH ORDER--SUMMARY OF PUBLIC TESTIMONY
03/02/12 20123-72152-01 OAH COMMENTS--PUBLIC COMMENTS BATCH 2
01/19/12 20121-70451-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING OF NOISE ASSESSMENT REPORT TO LIBRARIES
01/13/12 20121-70260-01 DOC EFP NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD
01/13/12 20121-70286-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING RE NOISE ASSESSMENT
01/13/12 20121-70285-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--EXHIBIT 19 NOISE ASSESSMENT
01/09/12 20121-70042-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY LETTER--NSPW AGREEMENT TO EXTEND DEADLINE
01/06/12 20121-70034-01 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--PUBLIC COMMENTS-BATCH 1
01/06/12 20121-70011-01 DOC EFP COMMENTS
01/05/12 20121-69954-01 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--MASTER EXHIBIT LIST
01/03/12 20121-69850-01 COURT REPORTER TRANSCRIPTS--TRANSCRIPT OF PUBLIC HEARING ON 12-15-2011ORONO CITY HALL
12/29/11 201112-69736-01 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 18
12/29/11 201112-69736-02 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--SIGN-IN SHEETS
12/14/11 201112-69250-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION--NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING & AVAILABILITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
12/13/11 201112-69199-02 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY TESTIMONY--JOSEPH SEDARSKI DIRECT TESTIMONY AND SCHEDULES 1-5
12/13/11 201112-69173-01 DOC - EFP NOTICE--NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND EA AVAILABILITY - CERTIFIED MAIL TO LOCAL OFFICIALS
12/13/11 201112-69173-02 DOC - EFP NOTICE--NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND EA AVAILABILITY - EQB MONITOR
12/13/11 201112-69200-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING RE PROPOSED ORONO SUBSTATION EXPANSION NOTICE
12/13/11 201112-69199-03 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY TESTIMONY--JOSEPH SEDARSKI DIRECT SCHEDULES 6-11
12/13/11 201112-69199-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY TESTIMONY--COVER, CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
12/13/11 201112-69174-01 DOC EFP REPORT--CORRECTED FILING - ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR ORONO 115 KV TRANSMISSION PROJECT - APPENDIX B, MAPS
12/06/11 201112-68986-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING OF NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND AVAILABILITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
11/30/11 201111-68793-04 DOC - EFP REPORT--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR ORONO 115 KV TRANSMISSION PROJECT - APPENDIX C, SUBSTATION VIEWS
11/30/11 201111-68793-02 DOC - EFP REPORT--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR ORONO 115 KV TRANSMISSION PROJECT - APPENDIX A, SCOPING DECISION
11/30/11 201111-68793-01 DOC - EFP REPORT--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR ORONO 115 KV TRANSMISSION PROJECT - TEXT
11/30/11 201111-68793-05 DOC - EFP REPORT--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR ORONO 115 KV TRANSMISSION PROJECT - APPENDIX D, PERMIT EXAMPLE
11/30/11 201111-68793-03 DOC - EFP REPORT--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR ORONO 115 KV TRANSMISSION PROJECT - APPENDIX B, MAPS
11/30/11 201111-68813-01 DOC NOTICE--OF PUBLIC HEARING AND AVAILABILITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
11/22/11 201111-68579-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION--AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION-EA SCOPING MEETING
09/14/11 20119-66367-01 DOC OTHER--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT SCOPING DECISION
09/07/11 20119-66024-02 DOC PUBLIC COMMENT--PUBLIC SCOPING COMMENTS RECEIVED
09/07/11 20119-66024-01 DOC PUBLIC COMMENT--TRANSCRIPT FOR PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING ORONO 8-10-11
09/07/11 20119-66015-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY LETTER--COMMENT LETTER ON SCOPE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
09/01/11 20119-65900-02 PUC MINUTES--JUNE 30, 2011 AGENDA MEETING
08/25/11 20118-65686-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY COMMENTS--- EA SCOPING
07/27/11 20117-64656-01 DOC NOTICE--PUBLIC INFORMATION AND SCOPING MEETINGS
07/26/11 20117-64598-01 DOC NOTICE--OFPUBLIC INFORMATION AND SCOPING METINGS
06/30/11 20116-64311-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
06/30/11 20116-64311-01 PUC ORDER
06/29/11 20116-64195-01 XCEL OTHER--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING
06/29/11 20116-64226-01 DOC-EFP STAFF LETTER--DOC-EFP COVER LETTER TO COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FILED 6-22-11
06/22/11 20116-63910-01 DOC - EFP STAFF COMMENTS--DOC-EFP STAFF COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON APPLICATION ACCEPTANCE
06/17/11 20116-63747-03 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--JUNE 30, 2011
06/07/11 20116-63311-06 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX E
06/07/11 20116-63311-03 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX B
06/07/11 20116-63311-02 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX A
06/07/11 20116-63311-07 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX F
06/07/11 20116-63311-08 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX G
06/07/11 20116-63311-04 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX C
06/07/11 20116-63311-05 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX D
06/07/11 20116-63311-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--COVER LETTER AND APPLICATION
03/17/11 20113-60432-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--NOTIFICATION OF INTENT TO FILE ORONO ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION UNDER ALTERNTIVE PERMITTING PROCESS