Skip to content

This webpage contains information and documents related to the permitting of this project by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Every project before the Commission has an electronic docket - an eDocket, a file folder for all of the project.s documents.

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.

For more information about participating in the permitting of this project, click on the How to Participate tab, or contact the state permit manager or public advisor listed below.

Project Docket

Docket No ET2/TL-12-1245
Project name Elko, New Market and Cleary Areas 115 kV Transmission Upgrade
Applicant Great River Energy
Description Great River Energy proposes to rebuild a portion of the existing 69 kV transmission system and construct a new double-circuit 115 kV transmission line in Scott and Rice counties
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Rice County; Scott County
Docket created: November 16, 2012
Contacts: David Birkholz, 651-539-1838, Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
 
09-9-2013
Application accepted
 
10-1-2013
Public meeting
 
11-27-2013
Scoping decision
 
02-21-2014
Environmental document available
 
03-4-2014
Public hearing
 
Permit issued
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 12-1245
Mailing list • Register (if you have never established an account) Or
• Sign on (if you already have established an account for other mailing lists)
Project Summary

Great River Energy, a Minnesota cooperative corporation, is proposing a 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission line project in the townships of Cedar Lake, Credit River, Spring Lake, and New Market and the city of Prior Lake in Scott County, and Wheatland Township in Rice County, Minnesota. Great River Energy will file applications for a Certificate of Need (see eDockets 12-1235) and Route Permit with the Public Utilities Commission to:

  • Rebuild approximately 3.5 miles of the existing Great River Energy single circuit 69 kV “MV-PN” line to 115 kV standards from Prior Lake Junction south to Credit River Junction;
  • Rebuild approximately 0.9 mile of the existing Great River Energy single circuit 69 kV “MV-CR” line to single circuit 115 kV standards with 69 kV underbuild from Credit River Junction west to MVEC’s Cleary Lake Substation;
  • Rebuild approximately 1.3 miles of the existing Great River Energy single circuit 69 kV MV-CR line to 115 kV standards northwest from MVEC’s Cleary Lake Substation to Xcel Energy’s Credit River Substation;
  • Rebuild approximately 5.6 miles of the existing Great River Energy single circuit 69 kV MV-PN (north of Elko Substation to New Market Substation). line to 115 kV standards (from intersection of County Road 62 and Natchez Avenue, south along Natchez to 250th Street, then west to Panama Avenue); and
  • Construct approximately 5.4 miles of new double circuit transmission line from the MV-PN line to Xcel Energy’s Veseli 69 kV breaker station.

According to Great River Energy, the Project must be complete by 2016 to address overloads that have been identified in the Project area, although operation of the system at 115 kV is not anticipated until 2022

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
02/21/14 EA for the Elko New Market Cleary Lake Areas 115 kV Transmission Line Project
EERA has released the Environmental Assessment for the Great River Energy 69 to 115 kV upgrade and new 115 kV double circuit HVTL project in Scott and Rice counties
06/20/13 Joint CN and Route Permit Application for the Great River Energy Elko-New Market-Cleary Lake Project
GRE has submitted an application for need and routing for 115 kV rebuilds and new 115 kV transmission lines in Scott and Rice counties
File Register
DateDocumentDescription
05/14/14 ALJ Report for the Elko New Market and Cleary Lake Areas 115 kV Transmission Project | document details
The Administrative Law Judge has released his Findings of Fact, Conclusions and Recommendation for a Route and permit conditions for the Project
02/21/14 Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment for the Elko New Market Cleary Lake Areas Transmission Project | document details
EERA has released the Environmental Assessment for the Great River Energy 69 to 115 kV upgrade and new 115 kV double circuit HVTL project in Scott and Rice Counties
02/21/14 EA for the Elko New Market Cleary Lake Areas 115 kV Transmission Line Project
EERA has released the Environmental Assessment for the Great River Energy 69 to 115 kV upgrade and new 115 kV double circuit HVTL project in Scott and Rice counties
02/19/14 Notice of Public Hearing on March 4, 2014, for the Elko New Market Cleary Lakes Area 115 Transmission Project | document details
The Commission has noticed a Public Hearing on the Certificate of Need and Route Permit Applications for this Project; public comments will be accepted by the administrative law judge through March 19, 2014
11/27/13 Scoping Decision for the Elko New Market and Cleary Lake Areas HVTL Project EA | document details
The Department of Commerce Deputy Commissioner has released his Scoping Decision for the Environmental Assessment for the Great River Energy 115 kV transmission line project in Scott and Rice counties
10/15/13 Scoping Comments for the Elko New Market Cleary Area 115 kV Transmission Upgrade Project
Agency, applicant and public comments received on the scope of the Environmental Assessment for the Great River Energy Project in Scott and Rice counties
10/01/13 Scoping Meeting Handouts for Elko New Market-Cleary Area 69 kV-115 kV Project
Handouts provided at the public information and Environmental Assessment scoping meeting for October 1, 2013
09/10/13 Notice of Public Information and Scoping Meetings for the Great River Energy 115 kV Transmission Project in Elko New Market-Cleary Lake Area | document details
Public Information and Environmental Assessment Scoping Meetings will be held on October 1, 2013, in Elko New Market and Prior Lake. A public comment period is open through October 15, 2013
09/09/13 Commission Order Accepting Route Permit Application for Elko New Market-Cleary Lake 115 kV Transmission Project | document details
The Commission has issued an Order accepting the Route Permit Application as complete and referring the case to the Office of Administrative Hearings
09/05/13 Commission Order Accepting Certificate of Need Application for Elko New Market-Cleary Lake 115 kV Transmission Project | document details
The Commission has issued an Order accepting the Certificate of Need Application as complete and authorizing an Informal Review Process (12-1235)
06/20/13 Joint CN and Route Permit Application for the Great River Energy Elko-New Market-Cleary Lake Project
GRE has submitted an application for need and routing for 115 kV rebuilds and new 115 kV transmission lines in Scott and Rice counties
05/22/13 Notice of Intent by Great River Energy to Submit a Route Permit Application under the Alternative Permitting Process | document details
Great River Energy intends to submit a Route Permit application for the Elko New Market and Cleary Lake Areas 115 kV Transmission Project in Scott and Rice counties, Minnesota under the Alternative Permitting processes of Minn. Rules 7850.2800 to 7850.3900.
Date Document On Behalf Of Description
07/02/14 20147-101178-02 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--JULY 10, 2014 AGENDA
06/27/14 20146-100874-20 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
06/27/14 20146-100874-07 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--JULY 10, 2014
05/29/14 20145-99933-01 DOC-EERA EXCEPTIONS TO ALJ
05/23/14 20145-99807-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY EXCEPTIONS TO ALJ--FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS OF LAW, AND RECOMMENDATION
05/16/14 20145-99579-02 PUC NOTICE--REGARDING SERVICE
05/16/14 20145-99579-04 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
05/14/14 20145-99487-01 OAH REPORT--FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS OF LAW,
04/28/14 20144-98777-02 DOC EERA COMMENTS--METROPOLITAN COUNCIL COMMENTS ON EA
04/14/14 20144-98289-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY REPLY COMMENTS
04/14/14 20144-98284-02 DOC EERA COMMENTS--AND RECOMMENDATIONS - REVISION TO PROPOSED FOF
03/31/14 20143-97779-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY OTHER--PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS OF LAW AND RECOMMENDATIONS
03/25/14 20143-97562-04 COURT REPORTER TRANSCRIPTS--PUBLIC HEARING 3-4-14 PRIOR LAKE
03/25/14 20143-97568-02 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--MASTER EXHIBIT LIST 12-1245
03/25/14 20143-97563-02 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--PUBLIC HEARING EXHIBIT 41
03/25/14 20143-97572-02 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--REVISED MASTER EXHIBIT LIST
03/25/14 20143-97562-02 COURT REPORTER TRANSCRIPTS--PUBLIC HEARING ON 3-4-14 ELKO NEW MARKET
03/25/14 20143-97564-02 COURT REPORTER OTHER--3-4-14 PUBLIC HEARING SIGN-IN SHEETS
03/21/14 20143-97506-01 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT
03/19/14 20143-97456-02 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--ROASIDE GUIDELINES
03/19/14 20143-97456-03 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--ROW FOR INVASIVE SPECIES
03/19/14 20143-97449-02 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMMENTS--POST HEARING COMMENTS
03/19/14 20143-97456-01 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--ELKO NEW MARKET CLEARY LK. AREA 115K TRANSMISSION LINE PROJECT
03/17/14 20143-97387-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--REVISED CONFIRMATION OF NOTICE FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS HELD 4 MARCH 2014 REGARDING THE GREAT RIVER ENERGY ELKO NEW MARKET AND CLEARY LAKE AREAS PROJECT WITH PROPERTY OWNER SERVICE LIST
03/11/14 20143-97222-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--CONFIRMATION OF NOTICE FOR NEWPAPER ADS AND LANDOWNER MAILING FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS HELD 4 MARCH 2014 REGARDING THE GREAT RIVER ENERGY ELKO NEW MARKET AND CLEARY LAKE AREAS 115 KV TRANSMISSION PROJECT
03/05/14 20143-97074-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY LETTER--TO ALJ MIHALCHICK WITH PUBLIC HEARING PRESENTATION 3-4-14
03/04/14 20143-97021-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY LETTER--LETTER TO ALJ MIHALCHICK WITH MAPS
03/03/14 20143-97005-02 GREAT RIVER ENERGY AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION--AFFIDAVITS OF PUBLICATION OF NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT SCOPING MEETINGS
03/03/14 20143-96979-02 DOC EERA NOTICE--EQB MONITOR NOTICE OF EA AVAILABILITY
02/28/14 20142-96956-05 PUC MINUTES
02/24/14 20142-96743-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY NOTICE OF APPEARANCE
02/21/14 20142-96692-03 DOC EERA OTHER--EA APPX A - ROUTE MAPS
02/21/14 20142-96692-09 DOC EERA OTHER--EA APPX D - SCOPING DECISION
02/21/14 20142-96692-01 DOC EERA OTHER--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
02/21/14 20142-96692-11 DOC EERA OTHER--EA APPX E - ROUTE PERMIT TEMPLATE
02/21/14 20142-96692-05 DOC EERA OTHER--EA APPX B - FACTSHEETS
02/21/14 20142-96698-02 DOC EERA NOTICE--PUBLIC NOTICE - NOTICE OF EA AVAILABILITY
02/21/14 20142-96692-07 DOC EERA OTHER--EA APPX C - AGENCY LETTERS
02/19/14 20142-96593-02 PUC NOTICE--OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
02/19/14 20142-96593-04 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
12/11/13 201312-94493-01 OAH ORDER--AMENDED SCHEDULING ORDER
12/09/13 201312-94447-06 PUC NOTICE--COURTESY COPY-NOTICE ON POWER PLANT SITING
12/02/13 201312-94184-02 DOC EERA NOTICE--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT SCOPING DECISION
11/25/13 201311-94024-01 PUC OTHER--GENERIC ROUTE PERMIT
11/19/13 201311-93824-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--NOVEMBER 26, 2013 AGENDA
11/18/13 201311-93781-01 DOC EERA LETTER--GRE COMMENTS ON POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVES FOR SCOPING
11/14/13 201311-93679-01 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--NOVEMBER 26, 2013
11/14/13 201311-93679-11 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
11/08/13 201311-93512-01 OAH ORDER
11/05/13 201311-93328-01 DOC EERA OTHER--EA SCOPING-ALTERNATIVE ROUTES
10/29/13 201310-93030-01 JUDGE MIHALCHICK OTHER--EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE - NOTICE OF PREHEARING CONFERENCE
10/21/13 201310-92747-06 DOC EERA PUBLIC COMMENT--SCOPING COMMENTS-MEETING RECORDS
10/21/13 201310-92747-02 DOC EERA PUBLIC COMMENT--SCOPING COMMENTS-AGENCIES
10/21/13 201310-92747-08 DOC EERA PUBLIC COMMENT--SCOPING COMMENTS-PUBLIC
10/21/13 201310-92747-04 DOC EERA PUBLIC COMMENT--SCOPING COMMENTS-APPLICANTS
10/15/13 201310-92584-04 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--WILDLIFE FRIENDLY EROSION CONTROL
10/15/13 201310-92584-01 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--ELKO NEW MARKET CLEARY LAKE TRANS.APPLICATION EA
10/15/13 201310-92584-02 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--EB FACT SHEET 2008
10/15/13 201310-92581-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMMENTS--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT SCOPING COMMENTS - ELKO NEW MARKET AND CLEARY LAKE AREAS PROJECT
10/15/13 201310-92584-03 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--EBFLYER 2012
10/14/13 201310-92447-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
10/14/13 201310-92470-01 MNDOT COMMENTS
10/11/13 201310-92433-10 PUC MINUTES--AUGUST 22, 2013 MINUTES
10/09/13 201310-92304-01 ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS COMMENTS
10/07/13 201310-92187-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
09/27/13 20139-91852-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
09/26/13 20139-91760-01 PUC OTHER--MEETING PRESENTATION
09/10/13 20139-91137-03 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
09/10/13 20139-91137-01 PUC NOTICE--OF PUBLIC INFORMATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT SCOPING MEETINGS
09/09/13 20139-91094-01 PUC ORDER--ORDER FINDING APPLICATION COMPLETE, GRANTING VARIANCE, AND REFERRING APPLICATION TO THE OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS
09/09/13 20139-91094-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
09/03/13 20139-90895-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT--PUBLIC COMMENT OUTSIDE OF OPEN COMMENT PERIOD
09/03/13 20139-90880-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT--PUBLIC COMMENT OUTSIDE OF OPEN COMMENT PERIOD
08/14/13 20138-90302-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--AUGUST 22, 2013 AGENDA
08/09/13 20138-90135-02 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
08/09/13 20138-90135-01 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--REVISED
07/31/13 20137-89707-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
07/22/13 20137-89398-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
07/18/13 20137-89300-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY REPLY COMMENTS--ON COMPLETENESS OF GREAT RIVER ENERGY ELKO NEW MARKET AND CLEARY LAKE AREAS ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION
07/18/13 20137-89285-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--CONFIRMATION OF NOTICE OF SUBMISSION OF GREAT RIVER ENERGY ELKO NEW MARKET AND CLEARY LAKE AREAS TRANSMISSION PROJECT ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION
07/15/13 20137-89108-01 THREE RIVERS PARK DISTRICT AND SCOTT COUNTY PUBLIC COMMENT
07/15/13 20137-89104-01 DOC EFP COMMENTS--AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON APPLICATION ACCEPTANCE
07/01/13 20137-88735-02 PUC NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
07/01/13 20137-88735-01 PUC NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD--ON COMPLETENESS OF ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION
06/20/13 20136-88345-02 GREAT RIVER ENERGY OTHER--ELKO NEW MARKET AND CLEARY LAKE AREAS PROJECT ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION PART 2 OF 4 APPLICATION TEXT
06/20/13 20136-88345-04 GREAT RIVER ENERGY OTHER--ELKO NEW MARKET AND CLEARY LAKE AREAS PROJECT ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION PART 4 OF 4 APPENDIX K
06/20/13 20136-88345-03 GREAT RIVER ENERGY OTHER--ELKO NEW MARKET AND CLEARY LAKE AREAS PROJECT ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION PART 3 OF 4 APPENDICES A-J
06/20/13 20136-88345-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY OTHER--ELKO NEW MARKET AND CLEARY LAKE AREAS PROJECT ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION PART 1 OF 4 TRANSMITTAL LETTER AND CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
05/22/13 20135-87278-01 GREAT RIVER ENERGY NOTICE--GRE NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUBMIT A ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION FOR THE ELKO NEW MARKET AND CLEARY LAKE AREAS PROJECT UNDER THE ALTERNATIVE PERMITTING PROCESS