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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 ET2/TL-11-867
Project name Parkers Prairie 115 kV Transmission Line Project
Applicant Great River Energy
Description Great River Energy proposes to replace approximately 2.1 miles of existing 41.6 kV transmission line with 115 kV line and to update the existing Parkers Prairie substation in Otter Tail County, near the city of Parkers Prairie
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Otter Tail County
Docket created: October 20, 2011
Contacts: Ray Kirsch, 651-539-1841, Environmental Review Manager.
David Birkholz, 651-539-1838, Public Advisor.
Status:
 
12-7-2011
Application accepted
 
12-13-2011
Public meeting
 
01-13-2012
Scoping decision
 
03-19-2012
Environmental document available
 
04-10-2012
Public hearing
 
08-28-2012
Permit issued
 
06-17-2013
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 11-867
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Project Summary

Great River Energy (GRE) proposes to replace approximately 2.1 miles of an existing 41.6 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Otter Tail County, Minn. with a new line at a voltage of 115 kV.  The 41.6 kV line is located along the south side of County Road 6, just west of the city of Parkers Prairie.  In addition, GRE, in collaboration with Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC), proposes to modify and update the existing Parkers Prairie substation.

The new transmission line will utilize wooden poles, ranging in height from 60 - 85 ft.  The easement required for the new line will be 100 ft. (50 ft. on each side of the line).  The Parkers Prairie substation will be expanded 40 ft. to the south to accomodate a new 115 kV transformer.

GRE's proposed Parkers Prairie 115 kV project requires a route permit from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission).  Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting staff conducted the environmental review for the project.  An environmental assessment was issued on March 19, 2012.  Administrative law judge Richard Luis held a public hearing on the project on April 10, 2012, in Parkers Prairie.  On August 28, 2012, the Commission issued a route permit for the project.

Construction of the project was completed in June 2013.  The new 115 kV line was energized on June 17, 2013.  

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
08/29/12 Route Permit for the Parkers Prairie 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
The route permit for the Parkers Prairie 115 kV transmission line project, including route permit maps
File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
08/29/12 Route Permit for the Parkers Prairie 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
The route permit for the Parkers Prairie 115 kV transmission line project, including route permit maps
08/28/12 Commission Order Issuing a Route Permit for the Parkers Prairie 115 kV Transmission Line Project
Commission order issuing a route permit for the Parkers Prairie 115 kV transmission line project. Includes the Commission's order, findings of fact, and the route permit with maps
07/19/12 EFP Staff Reply Comments on Proposed Findings of Fact and Proposed Permit | document details
Reply comments on the initial comments received on the Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting staff's proposed findings of fact and proposed permit for the Parkers Prairie 115 kV transmission project
07/11/12 Public Comments Received on Proposed Findings of Fact and Proposed Permit
Comments received on the Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting unit's proposed findings of fact and proposed permit for the Parkers Prairie project
06/27/12 Notice of Comment Period on Proposed Findings of Fact and Proposed Permit for the Parkers Prairie 115 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 Parkers Prairie project. Initial comments will be accepted through July 9, 2012, and reply comments through July 19, 2012.
06/18/12 EFP Staff Comments and Recommendations on Permit Issuance | document details
Staff comments on issuance of a route permit, including proposed findings of fact and a proposed route permit with maps for Great River Energy's Parkers Prairie 115 kV transmission line project
05/29/12 Summary of Public Hearing Testimony and Written Comments | document details
The administrative law judge's summary of testimony at the public hearing and of written comments received
03/20/12 Notice of Public Hearing and Availability of Environmental Assessment for the Parkers Prairie 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at the Prairie Event Center in Parkers Prairie, Minn. Public comments on the project will be accepted by the administrative law judge through April 27, 2012. Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting staff has prepared an environmental assessment for the project
03/19/12 Environmental Assessment for the Parkers Prairie Project
Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting staff has prepared and issued an environmental assessment (EA) for the Parkers Prairie project. The EA identifies potential impacts and mitigation measures for the project
01/17/12 Scoping Decision for the Parkers Prairie Project | document details
The scoping decision identifies the issues and routes that will be evaluated in the environmental assessment (EA) for the project. The EA is anticipated to be completed and available in March 2012
01/04/12 Public Comments Received on the Scope of the Environmental Assessment for the Parkers Prairie Project
Public comments received, including (1) Oral comments received at the public meeting on December 13, 2011, in Parkers Prairie and (2) Written comments received during the comment period ending December 30, 2011.
12/14/11 Public Meeting Handouts
Handouts and informational materials provided to attendees of the December 13, 2011, public meeting in Parkers Prairie
11/29/11 Notice of Public Information and Scoping Meeting for the Parkers Prairie 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
A public information and scoping meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. at the Prairie Event Center in Parkers Prairie, Minn. Public comments on the scope of the environmental assessment which will be prepared for the project will be accepted through December 30, 2011
11/18/11 EFP Staff Comments and Recommendations on Application Acceptance | document details
Staff recommends that the Commission accept the route permit application for the Parkers Prairie project as complete
10/24/11 Route Permit Application
Route permit application submitted by Great River Energy for the Parkers Prairie 115 kV transmission line project

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