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Project Docket

Docket No E002/TL-11-800
Project name North Rochester to Chester 161kV Transmission Line Project
Applicant Northern States Power
Description Northern States Power Company (dba Xcel Energy), on behalf of CapX 2020 co-owners, has submitted a route permit application for a 30-mile, 161-kilovolt transmission line from the proposed North Rochester substation near Pine Island and Zumbrota, Minn., to the existing Chester substation east of Rochester, Minn
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Goodhue County; Olmsted County; Wabasha County
Docket created: September 20, 2011
Contacts: Ray Kirsch, 651-539-1841, Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
 
10-24-2011
Application accepted
 
11-29-2011
Public meeting
 
12-21-2011
Scoping decision
 
03-15-2012
Environmental document available
 
03-29-2012
Public hearing
 
09-12-2012
Permit issued
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 11-800
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Project Summary

On September 19, 2011, Northern States Power Company (Xcel Energy) applied to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) for a route permit for the North Rochester to Chester 161 kV transmission line project.  Xcel Energy proposed to construct approximately 30 miles of 161 kV line between a proposed North Rochester substation and the existing Chester substation.

The project consists of two segments: (1) an east-west segment, in which Xcel Energy proposes to place the 161kV line on the same poles as the Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse 345kV line for a distance of 13 to 19 miles; and (2) a north-south segment that leaves the 345kV transmission right-of-way east of the Zumbro River and travels south for 11 to 16 miles to the Chester substation.    

Following an environmental review and hearing process, on September 12, 2012, the Commisssion issued a route permit to Xcel Energy for the project.

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
09/12/12 Route Permit for the North Rochester to Chester 161 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
The route permit for the North Rochester to Chester 161 kV project including route permit maps
03/15/12 North Rochester to Chester 161 kV Transmission Project Environmental Assessment
The Department of Commerce Energy Facility Permitting unit has prepared an Environmnental Assessment for the project. The document identifies potential impacts and mitgation measures for the project.
09/20/11 North Rochester-Chester 161kV HVTL Route Permit Application
Xcel Energy submitted a Route Permit Application on September 20, 2011 for a 30-mile, 161kV transmission line in Goodhue, Olmsted, and Wabasha counties, Minn
File Register
DateDocumentDescription
09/12/12 Route Permit for the North Rochester to Chester 161 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
The route permit for the North Rochester to Chester 161 kV project including route permit maps
09/12/12 Commission Order Issuing a Route Permit for the North Rochester to Chester 161 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
Commission order issuing a route permit for the North Rochester to Chester 161 kV project. Includes the Commission's order, findings of fact, and a route permit with maps
07/10/12 Notice of Comment Period on Proposed Findings of Fact and Permit for the North Rochester to Chester 161 kV Transmission Line Project. | document details
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is seeking comments on the Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting unit's proposed findings of fact and proposed permit for the North Rochester to Chester project. Initial comments will be accepted through July 20, 2012, and reply comments through August 1, 2012
06/29/12 EFP Staff Comments and Recommendations on Permit Issuance for the North Rochester to Chester 161 kV transmission line project (5 MB) | document details
Staff comments on issuance of a route permit, including proposed findings of fact and a proposed route permit with maps for the North Rochester to Chester 161 kV transmission line project
05/29/12 Summary of Public Hearing Testimony and Written Comments for the North Rochester to Chester 161 kV transmission line project (535 KB) | document details
The administrative law judge's summary of testimony at the public hearing and of written comments received on the North Rochester to Chester transmission line project
03/15/12 North Rochester to Chester 161 kV Transmission Project Environmental Assessment
The Department of Commerce Energy Facility Permitting unit has prepared an Environmnental Assessment for the project. The document identifies potential impacts and mitgation measures for the project.
03/15/12 Notice of Public Hearing and Availability of Environmental Assessment for the North Rochester to Chester 161 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
A public hearing will be held at the Oronoco Community Center at 6pm on March 29, 2012 on the North Rochester to Chester Trasmission Line Project. The Department of Commerce has published an Environmental Assessment on the project
12/21/11 Scoping Decision for the North Rochester to Chester 161 kV Transmission Line Project Environmental Assessment (366 KB) | document details
The scoping decision describes the issues and alternative route to be evaluated in the environmental assessment. The environmental assessment is expected to be completed and available in March 2012
12/08/11 Comments on the Scope of the North Rochester to Chester 161 kV transmission line Environmental Assessment (2.5 MB) | document details
Comments received at the public information and scoping meeting, and written comments received on the scope of the environmental assessment
11/08/11 Notice of Public Information and Environmental Assessment Scoping Meeting for the North Rochester to Chester 161 kV Transmission project | document details
A public information and scoping meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 from 6:00-9:00 at the Oronoco Community Center. Public comments on the scope of the environmental assessment will be accepted until December 8, 2011
10/24/11 Public Utilities Commission Order on application acceptance for the Xcel Energy North Rochester to Chester 161 kV transmission line project (1.9 MB) | document details
PUC order accepting the application for a route permit for the North Rochester to Chester 161 kV transmission line project as complete under the alternative review process
10/12/11 EFP Comments and Recommendations on the North Rochester-Chester 161kV Transmission Line Project | document details
Staff recommends the Commission accept the route permit application as complete under the Alternative Review Process of the Power Plant Siting Act
09/20/11 North Rochester-Chester 161kV HVTL Route Permit Application
Xcel Energy submitted a Route Permit Application on September 20, 2011 for a 30-mile, 161kV transmission line in Goodhue, Olmsted, and Wabasha counties, Minn
Date Document On Behalf Of Description
06/23/14 20146-100684-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--CHESTER SUBSTATION GRADING
12/04/12 201212-81357-06 PUC NOTICE--POWER PLANT SITING AND TRANSMISSION LINE ROUTING PROGRAM ANNUAL HEARING
12/04/12 201212-81357-34 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
11/16/12 201211-80750-03 PUC MINUTES--SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 AGENDA MEETING
09/12/12 20129-78624-01 PUC ORDER
09/12/12 20129-78624-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
08/30/12 20128-78261-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 AGENDA MEETING
08/24/12 20128-78097-07 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 AGENDA
08/01/12 20128-77457-01 DOC EFP REPLY COMMENTS
07/30/12 20127-77382-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
07/23/12 20127-77075-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
07/20/12 20127-76991-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY COMMENTS--XCEL NORTH ROCHESTER TO CHESTER COMMENTS LETTER
07/20/12 20127-77018-01 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS
07/20/12 20127-77004-01 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES LETTER
07/10/12 20127-76634-01 PUC NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD--SOLICITING COMMENTS
06/29/12 20126-76334-01 DOC EFP COMMENTS--AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON PERMIT ISSUANCE, PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT, AND PROPOSED ROUTE PERMIT WITH MAPS
06/01/12 20126-75301-01 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT
05/30/12 20125-75137-01 XCEL ENERGY AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION
05/29/12 20125-75078-01 OAH DECISION--SUMMARY OF TESTIMONY AT PUBLIC HEARING AND SUMMARY OF WRITTEN COMMENTS
04/30/12 20124-74224-01 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--PUBLIC HEARING EXHIBITS 15 AND 16 FROM 3-29-12
04/30/12 20124-74223-01 COURT REPORTER TRANSCRIPTS--TRANSCRIPT OF PUBLIC HEARING HELD ON 3-29-12
04/26/12 20124-74065-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY COMMENTS--XCEL CHESTER LETTTER TO ALJ LUIS COMMISSION DECISION COMMENTS
04/20/12 20124-73818-01 OAH LETTER--CORRESPONDENCE OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE
04/05/12 20124-73386-01 XCEL ENERGY AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION
04/04/12 20124-73341-01 XCEL ENERGY OTHER--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING
03/26/12 20123-72930-01 DOC EFP AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION---CERTIFIED MAILING OF HEARING NOTICE
03/19/12 20123-72684-01 DOC EFP NOTICE---EQB MONITOR NOTICE
03/15/12 20123-72621-01 DOC EFP NOTICE--OF PUBLIC HEARING AND AVAILABILITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
03/15/12 20123-72648-01 DOC EFP REPORT---ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
01/30/12 20121-70826-01 XCEL ENERGY OTHER--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING
01/19/12 20121-70440-06 PUC MINUTES--OCTOBER 20, 2011 AGENDA MEETING
12/28/11 201112-69705-01 DOC DECISION---SCOPING DECISION AND INTENT TO PREPARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
12/22/11 201112-69527-01 DOC EFP PUBLIC COMMENT--RECEIVED ON SCOPE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
12/22/11 201112-69528-01 DOC EFP REPORT--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT SCOPING DECISION
12/14/11 201112-69224-01 XCEL ENERGY AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION
12/08/11 201112-69070-01 MNDOT COMMENTS
11/14/11 201111-68311-01 DOC EFP NOTICE--EQB MONITOR
11/09/11 201111-68223-01 DOC NOTICE--OF PUBLIC INFORMATION AND SCOPING MEETING
11/02/11 201111-68062-01 XCEL ENERGY REQUEST TO UPDATE SERVICE LIST
10/25/11 201110-67660-01 XCEL ENERGY OTHER--NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE. REPLACEMENT OF FILING TITLED NOTICE ON 10-12-2011
10/24/11 201110-67626-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
10/24/11 201110-67626-01 PUC ORDER
10/17/11 201110-67421-01 XCEL ENERGY AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION
10/12/11 201110-67247-01 DOC EFP BRIEFING PAPERS---EFP COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON COMPLETENESS OF ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION
10/12/11 201110-67265-01 XCEL ENERGY NOTICE
10/10/11 201110-67199-01 XCEL ENERGY OTHER--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING
10/07/11 201110-67106-07 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--OCTOBER 20, 2011
09/20/11 20119-66502-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY REQUEST TO UPDATE SERVICE LIST--ADD AGRIMONTI
09/19/11 20119-66484-07 XCEL ENERGY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX G - PROPERTY OWNER LIST
09/19/11 20119-66484-04 XCEL ENERGY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX D - AGENCY CORRESPONDENCE
09/19/11 20119-66484-06 XCEL ENERGY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX F - NORTH-SOUTH SEGMENT PROPOSED CHESTER ROUTE NATURAL HERITAGE INVENTORY MAPS
09/19/11 20119-66484-05 XCEL ENERGY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX E - NORTH-SOUTH SEGMENT PROPOSED CHESTER ROUTE LAND COVER MAPS
09/19/11 20119-66484-03 XCEL ENERGY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX B - PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL UNIT NOTIFICATION LETTERS
09/19/11 20119-66484-01 XCEL ENERGY INITIAL FILING--COVER LETTER, ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION TEXT, AND FIGURES
09/19/11 20119-66484-08 XCEL ENERGY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX C - PART 1 NORTH ROCHESTER-CHESTER 161 KV ROUTE SHEET MAPS
09/19/11 20119-66484-09 XCEL ENERGY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX C - PART 2 NORTH ROCHESTER-CHESTER 161 KV ROUTE SHEET MAPS
09/19/11 20119-66484-02 XCEL ENERGY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX A - COMMISSION PROCEEDINGS, FINDINGS OF FACT AND ORDER GRANTING THE CERTIFICATE OF NEED