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Project Docket

Docket No E002/TL-11-948
Project name SWTC Scott County-Bluff Creek-Westgate 69 kV to 115 kV Transmission Line Upgrade
Applicant Northern States Power dba Xcel Energy
Description Xcel Energy proposes to upgrade the Scott-County-Bluff Creek-Westgate 69 kV transmission line to 115 kV capacity near the cities of Chanhassen, Shorewood, Excelsior, Deephaven, Greenwood, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie,
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Carver County; Hennepin County; Scott County
Docket created: February 24, 2012
Contacts: David Birkholz, 651-539-1838, Environmental Review Manager.
Tricia DeBleeckere, 651-201-2254, Public Advisor.
Status:
 
05-24-2012
Application accepted
 
07-18-2012
Public meeting
 
08-14-2012
Scoping decision
 
10-30-2012
Scoping decision
 
02-25-2013
Environmental document available
 
05-16-2013
Public hearing
 
01-23-2014
Permit issued
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 11-948
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Project Summary

Xcel Energy proposes to upgrade the Scott County-Bluff Creek-Westgate 69 kV transmission line to 115 kV capacity near the cities of Chanhassen, Shorewood, Excelsior, Deephaven, Greenwood, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie.   

The proposed project entails upgrading approximately 20 miles of 69 kV transmission line to 115 kV capacity including the following upgrades and additions:

  • Change the voltage of approximately 5.3 miles of 115/69 kV transmission line to 115/115 kV operation between the Scott County and Bluff Creek substations;
  • Converting approximately 3.6 miles of 69 kV transmission line to 115 kV transmission line between the Bluff Creek and Excelsior Substations;
  • Converting approximately 3 miles of 69 kV transmission line to 115 kV capacity between the Excelsior and Deephaven Substations;
  • Converting approximately 7.5 miles of 69 kV transmission line to 115 kV capacity between the Deephaven and Westgate Substations; and
  • Upgrading the Excelsior and Deephaven Substations to 115 kV capacity

Update: Subsequent to the original applications, the Applicant submitted an additional system alternative for consideration that would use a route along Highway 5 instead of the existing 69 kV route north of Structure #57. This alternative uses the existing structures along Highway 5 and requires building a new substation, a short segment of 69 kV line and a relocation of the 34.5 kV feeder line from along the highway.

Xcel Energy is also petitioning the Commission for a Certificate of Need for the project.  Associated documents can  be reviewed on eDockets at https://www.edockets.state.mn.us/EFiling/search.jsp (search year "11" and number "332").

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
04/12/12 Route Permit Application for Scott County-Bluff Creek-Westgate Transmission Upgrade
Xcel Energy submitted a Route Permit application for 115 kV conversions and upgrades to the 69 kV Scott County - Bluff Creek - Westgate transmission line
02/25/13 The Environmental Assessment for the Scott County-Westgate 115 kV Transmission Upgrade Project
The Environmental Assessment reviews the potential impacts of the proposals and alternatives for the Certificate of Need and Route Permit applications for the Project
01/23/14 Route Permit for the Scott County to Westgate 115 kV Upgrade Project (5.88 M) | document details
The Commission has issued an Order granting a Route Permit to Xcel Energy for HVTL upgrades between the Scott County Substation in Jackson Township to the Westgate Substation in Eden Prairie
File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
01/23/14 Route Permit for the Scott County to Westgate 115 kV Upgrade Project (5.88 M) | document details
The Commission has issued an Order granting a Route Permit to Xcel Energy for HVTL upgrades between the Scott County Substation in Jackson Township to the Westgate Substation in Eden Prairie
09/30/13 ALJ Report for the Scott County-Westgate 115 Upgrade Project (5.5 M) | document details
The Administrative Law Judge has released her Findings of Fact, Conclusions and Recommendations for the Need and Route decisions for the Project
05/16/13 EFP Exhibit List for Development of the Environmental Assessment | document details
The Exhibit List links to items of the administrative record for the EA; the list and all exhibits were entered into the record at the May 16, 2013, Public Hearing
04/10/13 Notice of Public Hearing for the Scott County-Westgate 115 kV Transmission Upgrade Project | document details
The Commission has scheduled a Public Hearing on May 16, 2013, in Chanhassan on the Certificate of Need and Route Permit Applications for this Project; a public comment period is open through May 31, 2013
02/25/13 Notice of the Environmental Assessment Availability for the Scott County-Westgate 115 kV Transmission Upgrade Project | document details
On Monday, February 25, 2013, EFP released the EA reviewing the Project Proposal and Alternatives for the Certificate of Need and Route Permit Applications
02/25/13 The Environmental Assessment for the Scott County-Westgate 115 kV Transmission Upgrade Project
The Environmental Assessment reviews the potential impacts of the proposals and alternatives for the Certificate of Need and Route Permit applications for the Project
11/08/12 Notice to Affected Landowners of Additional Route Alternative in EA Scope for the Scott County-Westgate HVTL Upgrade Project (3.9 M) | document details
The Environmental Assessment Scoping Decision includes additional route alternative requested by Applicant. This letter notices landowners who may now be affected by the Project and may not have been previously noticed
10/30/12 Amendment to the Deputy Commissioner's Scoping Decision for an EA for the Scott County-Westgate Upgrade Project
The Deputy Commissioner has amended the scope of the EA to include a route alternative along Hwy 5 between Westgate Substation and Structure #57, and including a new substation near Bluff Creek Substation
09/10/12 Notice to Affected Landowners of Route Alternatives in EA Scope for the Scott County-Westgate HVTL Upgrade Project (1.91 M) | document details
The Environmental Assessment Scoping Decision includes route alternatives developed through the scoping process. This letter notices landowners who may now be affected by the Project and may not have been previously noticed
08/15/12 Notice of Availability of Scoping Decision for the EA for the Scott County-Westgate 69 kV-115 kV Transmission Upgrade Project | document details
The Department of Commerce Deputy Commissioner has released the Scoping Decision for the Environmental Assessment for the upgrade project in Scott, Carver and Hennepin counties
08/14/12 EA Scoping Decision for the Scott County-Westgate 69 kV-115 kV Transmission Upgrade Project (2.1 M) | document details
The Department of Commerce Deputy Commissioner has released the Scoping Decision for the Environmental Assessment for the upgrade project in Scott, Carver and Hennepin counties
08/02/12 Public Comments on the Scope of the EA for the Scott County to Westgate 69 kV-115 kV Transmission Upgrade Project (4.27 MB) | document details
Public comments submitted on alternatives and issues to be considered in the Environmental Assessment to be prepared for the Certificate of Need and Route Permit applications
07/18/12 Scoping Meeting Handouts for Scott County-Westgate 69 kV-115 kV Project
Handouts provided at the public information and Environmental Assessment scoping meeting for July 18, 2012
06/18/12 Notice of Public Information and Scoping Meeting for the Xcel Energy Scott County-Westgate 69 kV-115 kV Transmission Upgrade Project | document details
EFP is holding a public information and Environmental Assessment scoping meeting on July 18, 2012, for the route permit and certificate of need applications. A public comment period is open through August 1, 2012
06/08/12 Order Accepting Certificate of Need Application as Complete | document details
The Commission has issued an Order accepting the Certificate of Need Application as complete for the Scott County-Westgate 69 kV to 115 kV upgrade project (11-332) and initiating informal review process
05/24/12 Order Accepting Route Application as Complete and Referring it to the Office of Administrative Hearings | document details
The Commission has issued an Order accepting the Route Permit Application as complete for the Scott County-Westgate 69 kV to 115 kV upgrade project and referring it to the Office of Administrative Hearings for summary proceedings
04/30/12 Comments and Recommendations on Accepting the Scott County-Westgate 115 kV Route Permit Application as Complete | document details
EFP recommends the Commission accept the Application as complete, authorize EFP to name a public advisor and determine that an advisory task force is not warranted at this time
04/12/12 Route Permit Application for Scott County-Bluff Creek-Westgate Transmission Upgrade
Xcel Energy submitted a Route Permit application for 115 kV conversions and upgrades to the 69 kV Scott County - Bluff Creek - Westgate transmission line
03/09/12 Certificate of Need Application for Bluff Creek-Westgate Transmission Upgrade (6.45 M) | document details
Xcel Energy submitted a Certificate of Need application for 115 kV conversions and upgrades to the 69 kV Scott County - Bluff Creek - Westgate transmission line (11-332)

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