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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
 
08-5-2014
Certificate of Need issued
 
08-5-2014
Permit issued
 
08-25-2016
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 12-1245
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Project Summary

  Completed   Energized
Prior Lake Junction to Credit River Junction February 2016 March 4, 2016
Credit River Tap to Credit River Junction January 2016 January 25, 2016
Elko Substation to New Market Substation August 2016 August 25, 2016
New Market Substation to Veseli Segment November 2015 December 16, 2015

 


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
08/05/14 Commission Order Issuing a Route Permit for Elko New Market-Cleary Lake 115 kV Transmission Project | document details
The Commission has authorized a route and conditions for the Great River Energy 69 to 115 kV upgrade and new 115 kV double circuit HVTL project in Scott and Rice counties
08/05/14 Commission Order Issuing a Certificate of Need for Elko New Market-Cleary Lake 115 kV Transmission Project | document details
The Commission has authorized the construction of the Great River Energy 69 to 115 kV upgrade and new 115 kV double circuit HVTL project in Scott and Rice counties (12-1235)
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
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
08/05/14 Commission Order Issuing a Route Permit for Elko New Market-Cleary Lake 115 kV Transmission Project | document details
The Commission has authorized a route and conditions for the Great River Energy 69 to 115 kV upgrade and new 115 kV double circuit HVTL project in Scott and Rice counties
08/05/14 Commission Order Issuing a Certificate of Need for Elko New Market-Cleary Lake 115 kV Transmission Project | document details
The Commission has authorized the construction of the Great River Energy 69 to 115 kV upgrade and new 115 kV double circuit HVTL project in Scott and Rice counties (12-1235)
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.

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