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Project Docket

Docket No 12-401
Project name SWTC Chaska Area 69 kV to 115 kV Transmission Line Upgrade
Applicant Great River Energy; Northern States Power dba Xcel Energy
Description Xcel Energy proposes to upgrade the Chaska Area 69 kV transmission line to 115 kV capacity in in eastern Carver County and northern Scott County near and within the City of Chaska, and through Laketown, Dahlgren, and Jackson townships
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Carver County; Scott County
Docket created: July 11, 2012
Contacts: Bill Storm, 651-539-1844, Environmental Review Manager.
Michael Kaluzniak, --, Public Advisor.
Status:
 
09-12-2012
Application accepted
 
09-26-2012
Public meeting
 
11-19-2012
Scoping decision
 
03-25-2013
Environmental document available
 
05-2-2013
Public hearing
 
10-15-2013
Permit issued
 
09-9-2015
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 12-401
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Project Summary

The proposed Project covers a total of approximately 12.75 miles and primarily follows existing transmission line corridors.  The Applicants propose to:

  • Upgrade approximately 6.1 miles of existing single circuit 69 kilovolt (kV) transmission line (Line #0740) to a single circuit 115 kV transmission line (Segments 1 , 4, & 6);
  • Change the operating voltage of approximately 2.9 miles of existing Great River Energy 69 kV transmission line to operate at 115 kV (Segment 2);
  • Construct two segments of new 115 kV single circuit transmission line totaling approximately 2.4 miles (Segments 3 & 5);
  • Abandon in place approximately 1.0 mile of existing 69 kV transmission line (Segment 3a); and
  • Remove approximately 0.39 miles of existing 69 kV transmission line through the middle of the City of Chaska (Segment 5a).

File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
11/13/13 Erratum Notice: HVTL Route Permit Chaska Area HVTL Project | document details
On October 15, 2013, the Commission issued an Order in this docket issuing a route permit toXcel Energy and Great River Energy. Through inadvertence, page three of the route permit, under Section 3.1, incorrectly stated that the right-of-way width is 200-400 feet. The correct right-of-way width is 50-75 feet.
10/15/13 PUC HVTL Route Permit Final Decision: Xcel Energy Chaska Area HVTL Project | document details
The Commission has issued an Order granting a Route Permit to Xcel Energy, including a description of the route and other conditions of the permit and the official maps of the route
04/17/13 Public Notice: Notice of Public Hearing, SWTC Chaska Area HVTL Route Permit | document details
A Public Hearing will be held on Xcel Energy's proposed SWTC Chaska Area HVTL project on May 2, 2013, 6:00 pm at the Chaska City Hall
03/25/13 Notice of Environmental Assessment - SWTC Chaska Area 115 kV HVTL Project | document details
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting announces the release of the environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed SWTC Chaska Area 115 kV transmission line
03/25/13 Environmental Assessment - SWTC Chaska HVTL Project
This document meets the environmental review requirements of both the certificate of need procedures and the HVTL route permit process
12/18/12 Notice - Landowners Along Alternative HVTL Routes | document details
You are receiving this letter because your property may be directly or indirectly affected by route alternatives for the proposed Chaska Area 69 kilovolt (kV) to 115 kV transmission line upgrade project. The route alternatives are being evaluated in an Environmental Assessment (EA) that is being prepared by the Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Facilities Permitting (EFP) staff
11/20/12 Notice of Availability of the EA Scoping Decision for the Proposed SWTC Chaska Area HVTL Project | document details
The Department of Commerce Deputy Commissioner has released the Scoping Decision for the Environmental Assessment for the HVTL project in Scott and Carver counties
11/19/12 EA Scoping Decision: SWTC Chaska Area HVTL Project | document details
The Department of Commerce Deputy Commissioner has released the Scoping Decision for the Environmental Assessment for the proposed SWTC Chaska Area HVTL project
10/12/12 Public Comments on the Scope of the Environmental Review Document
The EFP held a Public Information/Scoping meeting on the Chaska HVTL Rebuild project on September 26, 2012; the comment period allowing the public to submit comments on the scope of the EA was open until October 12, 2012. The following comments were received
09/11/12 PUC Order: Route Permit Application Completeness - SWTC Chaska HVTL Project | document details
On September 11, 2012, the Commission accepted the RP application submitted by Xcel Energy for the SWTC Chaska Area HVTL project
09/10/12 Draft Scoping Document: SWTC Chaska Area HVTL Project | document details
This scoping document is intended to advise the public of the scoping process and the process for the preparation of the Environmental Review document. The scoping decision will identify for the public the issues and alternatives that the Department of Commerce has determined are appropriate for inclusion in the environmental review document
09/07/12 NOTICE: Public Information and Environmental Review Scoping Meeting, SWTC Chaska Area HVTL Project | document details
The EFP will conduct public information and environmental review scoping meetings on September 26, 2012, at the Chaska City Hall. Comments will be accepted until October 12, 2012
08/21/12 PUC Order: Certifcate of Need Application Completeness | document details
On August 21, 2012, the Commission accepted the CN application submitted by Xcel Energy for the SWTC Chaska Area HVTL project
08/09/12 PUC Staff Briefing Paper - SWTC Chaska HVTL Route Permit Application Completeness Review | document details
Briefing paper on application acceptance in the Matter of the Application of Xcel Energy and Great River Energy for a HVTL Route Permit for the Upgrade the Southwest Twin Cities (SWTC) Chaska Area 69 kV Transmission Line to 115 kV Capacity
08/02/12 Notice of Commission meeting on Xcel Energy's proposed SWTC Chaska HVTL Route Permit Application | document details
On Tuesday August 14, 2012, at 9:30 am the Commission will consider whether it should accept the SWTC Chaska HVTL Route Permit Application as complete.
07/25/12 EFP Staff Comments and Recommendations - SWTC Chaska HVTL Routing Permit Application Completeness Review | 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
07/17/12 Notice of Comment Period on HVTL Application Completeness - SWTC Chaska HVTL Project | document details
The Commission is soliciting comments on whether the application contains the contents required by Minnesota Rule 7850.3100 and whether there are any contested issues of fact with respect to the representations made in the application. Initial comments will be considered if received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2012. Reply comments will be considered if received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 3, 2012
07/17/12 PUC Staff Briefing Papers - SWTC Chaska H VTL Certificate of Need Application Completeness Review | document details
In the Matter of the Application of Northern States Power Company d/b/a Xcel Energy and Great River Energy for a Certificate of Need for the Upgrade the Southwest Twin Cities (SWTC) Chaska Area 69 kV Transmission Line to 115 kV Capacity
07/12/12 HVTL Route Permit Application for Xcel Energy's proposed Chaska Area 69 kV transmission line upgrade
On July 18, 2012, Xcel Energy submitted an Application to the Commission for a HVTL Route Permit for the proposed transmission line upgrade of the Chaska Area 69 kV system to 115 kV. The docket number for the routing proceedings is E002/TL-12-401
05/15/12 Certificate of Need Application (CN) for Xcel Energy's proposed Chaske Area 69 kV transmission line upgrade
On May 15, 2012, Xcel Energy submitted an Application to the Commission for a Certificate of Need (CN) for the proposed transmission line upgrade of the Chaska Area 69 kV system to 115 kV. The docket number for the CN proceedings is E002/CN-11-826.
04/23/12 Notification of Intent to File a Route Permit Application Pursuant to the Alternative Permitting Process | document details
In accordance with Minnesota Rule 7850.2800, subpart 2, Northern States Power Company (Xcel Energy) notified the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission of its intent to submit an application for a route permit for the Upgrade of the Southwest Twin Cities Chaska Area 69 kV Transmission Line to 115 kV Capacity following the alternative permitting procedures in Minnesota Rules 7850.2800 to 7850.3900

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