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Project Docket

Docket No E002/TL-11-795
Project name Black Dog to Savage 115 kV Transmission Line Project
Applicant Xcel Energy
Description Xcel Energy proposes to replace approximately 4.6 miles of 115 kV transmission line between the Black Dog substation and Savage substation in Burnsville, Minnesota
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Dakota County; Dakota County -- Burnsville City
Docket created: February 15, 2012
Contacts: Ray Kirsch, 651-539-1841, Environmental Review Manager.
Bill Storm, 651-539-1844, Public Advisor.
Status:
 
03-23-2012
Application accepted
 
04-18-2012
Public meeting
 
05-15-2012
Scoping decision
 
08-15-2012
Environmental document available
 
09-11-2012
Public hearing
 
05-3-2013
Permit issued
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 11-795
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Project Summary

Northern States Power Company (Xcel Energy) proposes to replace two existing 115 kilovolt (kV) tranmsission lines with a new double circuit 115 kV line, approximately 4.2 miles in length, in Dakota County.  The project will remove the two existing 115 kV lines from Black Dog Lake and will reroute the lines to facilitate a limestone quarry reclamation project.

The new double circuit 115 kV line will utilize single pole steel structures, ranging in height from 50 to 100 feet.  The right-of-way (easement) required for the line will be 100 feet (50 ft. on each side of the transmission line). The span between poles will be 500 to 800 feet.

Xcel Energy's Black Dog to Savage 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 of the project was issued on August 15, 2012.  Administrative law judge Barbara Neilson held a public hearing on the project on September 11, 2012.  On May 3, 2013, the Commission issued a route permit for the project.

Construction on the project is expected to begin in late 2013, with an anticipated in-service date of mid-2014.

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
05/03/13 Route Permit for the Black Dog to Savage 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
The route permit for the Black Dog to Savage 115 kV transmission line project, including route permit maps
08/15/12 Environment Assessment for the Black Dog to Savage Project
Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting staff has prepared and issued an environmental assessment (EA) for the Black Dog to Savage project. The EA identifies potential impacts and mitigation measures for the project
02/14/12 Route Permit Application
The route permit application submitted by Xcel Energy to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for the Black Dog to Savage 115 kV transmission line project
File Register
DateDocumentDescription
05/03/13 Route Permit for the Black Dog to Savage 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
The route permit for the Black Dog to Savage 115 kV transmission line project, including route permit maps
05/03/13 Commission Order Issuing a Route Permit for the Black Dog to Savage 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
Commission order issuing a route permit for the Black Dog to Savage 115 kV transmission line project. Includes the Commission's order, findings and conclusions, and the route permit with maps
01/24/13 Proposed Permit for the Black Dog to Savage Project | document details
Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting staff has prepared a proposed permit for the Black Dog to Savage project. The proposed permit is based on the report of the administrative law judge and the record to date.
01/10/13 Administrative Law Judge's Findings of Fact, Conclusions, and Recommendations | document details
Findings of fact, conclusions, and recommendations from administrative law judge Barbara Neilson. The judge recommends issuing a route permit to Xcel Energy for the project as described in the environmental assessment and with specific mitigation measures.
08/16/12 Notice of Public Hearing and Availability of the Environmental Assessment for the Black Dog to Savage 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at the Burnsville City Hall in Burnsville, Minn. Public comments on the project will be accepted by the administrative law judge through September 28, 2012. Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting staff has prepared an environmental assessment for the project
08/15/12 Environment Assessment for the Black Dog to Savage Project
Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting staff has prepared and issued an environmental assessment (EA) for the Black Dog to Savage project. The EA identifies potential impacts and mitigation measures for the project
05/15/12 Scoping Decision for the Black Dog to Savage 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 July 2012
05/08/12 Public Comments Received on the Scope of the Environmental Assessment for the Black Dog to Savage Project
Public comments received including (1) Oral comments received at the public meeting on April 18, 2012, and (2) Written comments received during the comment period ending May 4, 2012.
04/19/12 Public Meetings Handouts
Handouts and informational materials provided to attendees of the April 18, 2012, public meeting in Burnsville
03/28/12 Notice of Public Information and Scoping Meeting for the Black Dog to Savage 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
A public information and scoping meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at the Burnsville City Hall in Burnsville, Minn. Public comments on the scope of the environmental assessment that will be prepared for the project will be accepted through May 4, 2012
03/13/12 EFP Staff Comments and Recommendations on Application Acceptance | document details
Staff recommends that the Commission accept the route permit application for the Black Dog to Savage project as complete
02/14/12 Route Permit Application
The route permit application submitted by Xcel Energy to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for the Black Dog to Savage 115 kV transmission line project
Date Document On Behalf Of Description
09/25/13 20139-91670-01 PUC LETTER--TO HELEN HEINE RE COMPLIANCE FILING
09/20/13 20139-91507-01 DOC EERA COMPLIANCE REVIEW--EERA STAFF REVIEW AND COMMENTS - PLAN AND PROFILE AMENDMENT
09/18/13 20139-91431-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING
08/23/13 20138-90538-01 PUC LETTER--TO ELLEN HEINE RE COMPLIANCE FILING
08/22/13 20138-90493-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--UPDATE ON PERMIT CONDITON 5.4: STRUCTURE 20 PLAN COMMUNITY & PROPOSED CONSTURCTON TIMEFRAME
08/02/13 20138-89863-01 PUC LETTER--TO ELLEN HEINE RE ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION FOR BLACK DOG TO SAVAGE 115 KV TRANSMISSION LINE PROJECT
07/31/13 20137-89706-01 DOC EFP COMPLIANCE REVIEW--EFP STAFF REVIEW AND COMMENTS - PLAN AND PROFILE
07/26/13 20137-89595-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--UPDATED PLAN AND PROFILE INFORMATION
07/22/13 20137-89405-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING
07/19/13 20137-89320-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--PLAN AND PROFILE
07/11/13 20137-89039-01 DOC EFP COMPLIANCE REVIEW--EFP STAFF REVIEW AND COMMENTS - INVASIVE SPECIES MANAGEMENT PLAN
07/08/13 20137-88948-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--INVASIVE SPECIES MANAGEMENT PLAN
06/20/13 20136-88359-07 PUC MINUTES--MEETING MINUTES APRIL 4, 2013
06/12/13 20136-88080-01 DOC EFP NOTICE--OF PERMIT DECISION IN EQB MONITOR
06/12/13 20136-88102-01 DOC EFP NOTICE--OF PERMIT DECISION IN STATE REGISTER
05/03/13 20135-86713-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
05/03/13 20135-86713-01 PUC ORDER--ORDER ISSUING ROUTE PERMIT
03/28/13 20133-85120-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--APRIL 4, 2013 AGENDA
03/22/13 20133-84929-11 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
03/22/13 20133-84929-04 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING
02/28/13 20132-84261-01 DOC EFP REPLY COMMENTS--ON PROPOSED ROUTE PERMIT
02/25/13 20132-84092-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
02/19/13 20132-83911-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY COMMENTS--- ON DRAFT ROUTE PERMIT
02/19/13 20132-83931-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
02/15/13 20132-83880-01 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS
02/04/13 20132-83540-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
01/29/13 20131-83312-01 PUC NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD--ON PROPOSED ROUTE PERMIT AND RECOMMENDATIONS
01/29/13 20131-83312-02 PUC NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
01/25/13 20131-83205-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--APPLICANTS EXCEPTIONS TO ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES REPORT
01/24/13 20131-83120-01 DOC EFP COMMENTS--PROPOSED PERMIT AND EXCEPTIONS
01/18/13 20131-82911-01 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--MASTER EXHIBIT LIST AS REVISED BY COURT REPORTER ON 1-18-13
01/18/13 20131-82909-01 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBITS 21 AND 22
01/10/13 20131-82594-01 OAH ORDER--FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATION
12/04/12 201212-81357-40 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
12/04/12 201212-81357-12 PUC NOTICE--POWER PLANT SITING AND TRANSMISSION LINE ROUTING PROGRAM ANNUAL HEARING
11/16/12 201211-80763-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY COMMENTS--BLACK DOG FILING LTR ALJ NO RISE CERTIFICATION BY T MACDONALD
11/02/12 201211-80330-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY REPLY BRIEF--POST-HEARING REPLY BRIEF
11/02/12 201211-80313-01 DOC EFP REPLY COMMENTS
10/19/12 201210-79732-01 DOC EFP COMMENTS
10/19/12 201210-79754-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY BRIEF--XCEL BLACK_DOG_FILING_LTR_ALJ POST HEARING BRIEF AND PROPOSED FINDINGS
10/19/12 201210-79754-03 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY BRIEF--XCEL BLACK_DOG_PROPOSED FINDINGS_OF FACT
10/19/12 201210-79754-02 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY BRIEF--XCEL BLACK_DOG_POST HEARING_BRIEF WITH ATTACHMENTS 1 AND 2
10/09/12 201210-79362-01 OAH COMMENTS--COMMENT RECEIVED FROM THE MET COUNCIL VIA EMAIL ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
10/02/12 201210-79147-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
09/28/12 20129-79074-01 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--DNR-COMMENTSBLACKDOG-SAVAGETRANSMISSIONOAH120928
09/28/12 20129-79074-03 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--WILDLIFE FRIENDLY EROSION CONTROL V2
09/28/12 20129-79074-02 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--DNR-COMMENTSBLACKDOG-SAVAGETRANSMISSIONAPPLICATION120504
09/24/12 20129-78887-01 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--SIGN-IN SHEET
09/24/12 20129-78887-02 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 20
09/24/12 20129-78891-01 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--MASTER EXHIBIT LIST FROM 9-11-12 PUBLIC HEARING
09/24/12 20129-78889-01 COURT REPORTER TRANSCRIPTS--PUBLIC HEARING TRANSCRIPT 9-11-12
09/10/12 20129-78519-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY TESTIMONY--APPLICANTS DIRECT TESTIMONY AND SCHEDULE OF TIMOTHY G ROGERS
09/06/12 20129-78425-01 DOC EFP NOTICE--BY CERTIFIED MAIL TO LOCAL PUBLIC OFFICIALS OF PUBLIC HEARING AND AVAILABILITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
09/04/12 20129-78353-01 DOC EFP AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION--FOR NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND AVAILABILITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
09/04/12 20129-78354-01 DOC EFP NOTICE--IN EQB MONITOR OF PUBLIC HEARING AND AVAILABILITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
08/17/12 20128-77943-01 DOC EFP OTHER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE - MAILING OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT TO PUBLIC AGENCIES
08/16/12 20128-77906-01 DOC EFP NOTICE--OF PUBLIC HEARING AND AVAILABILITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
08/15/12 20128-77883-02 DOC EFP REPORT--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT - APPENDICES
08/15/12 20128-77883-01 DOC EFP REPORT--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT - TEXT
06/14/12 20126-75607-01 DOC EFP AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION--FOR NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION AND SCOPING MEETING
05/31/12 20125-75190-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--XCEL BLACK DOG AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING OF ATTACHED LETTER DATED 05242012
05/17/12 20125-74816-01 XCEL ENERGY REQUEST TO UPDATE SERVICE LIST
05/16/12 20125-74774-01 DOC EFP NOTICE--OF SCOPING DECISION
05/15/12 20125-74742-01 DOC EFP DECISION--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT SCOPING DECISION
05/08/12 20125-74535-01 DOC EFP COMMENTS--ORAL PUBLIC COMMENTS RECEIVED AT EA SCOPING MEETING, APRIL 18, 2012
05/08/12 20125-74535-02 DOC EFP COMMENTS--WRITTEN PUBLIC COMMENTS RECEIVED ON THE SCOPE OF THE EA
05/04/12 20125-74466-01 MNDOT COMMENTS
04/05/12 20124-73369-02 PUC MINUTES--MARCH 22, 2012 AGENDA MEETING
03/30/12 20123-73166-01 XCEL ENERGY NOTICE
03/28/12 20123-73044-01 DOC EFP NOTICE--OF PUBLIC INFORMATION AND SCOPING MTG
03/23/12 20123-72887-01 PUC ORDER
03/23/12 20123-72887-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
03/13/12 20123-72554-01 XCEL ENERGY AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION
03/13/12 20123-72553-01 DOC EFP COMMENTS--AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF DOC EFP STAFF ON APPLICATION ACCEPTANCE
03/09/12 20123-72405-06 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--MARCH 22, 2012
02/14/12 20122-71490-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY, A MINNESOTA CORPORATION INITIAL FILING--FILING LETTER AND ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION
02/14/12 20122-71490-02 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY, A MINNESOTA CORPORATION INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX A TO ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION
02/14/12 20122-71490-03 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY, A MINNESOTA CORPORATION INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX B TO ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION
02/14/12 20122-71490-04 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY, A MINNESOTA CORPORATION INITIAL FILING--APPENDICES C TO F TO ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION
08/03/11 20118-64967-01 XCEL ENERGY INITIAL FILING--NOTIFICATION OF INTENT TO FILE ROUTE PERMIT