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Project Docket

Docket No E002/TL-12-1151
Project name Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake 115 kV Transmission Line Project
Applicant Northern States Power dba Xcel Energy
Description Xcel Energy proposes to replace an existing 115 kV transmission line with a new, double circuit 115 kV transmission line and to modify two existing substations in northeast Ramsey County
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Ramsey County
Docket created: December 05, 2012
Contacts: Ray Kirsch, 651-539-1841, Environmental Review Manager.
Tracy Smetana, 651-296-0406, Public Advisor.
Status:
 
03-15-2013
Application accepted
 
04-23-2013
Public meeting
 
06-26-2013
Scoping decision
 
08-30-2013
Environmental document available
 
09-10-2013
Public hearing
 
01-21-2014
Permit issued
 
04-20-2015
Project built
 
05-20-2015
Docket closed
eDockets 12-1151
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Project Summary

Northern States Power Company (Xcel Energy) proposes to replace an existing 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission line with a new, double circuit 115 kV line, approximately 2.8 miles in length, in northeast Ramsey County.  The existing line and the proposed new, double circuit line pass through the cities of Maplewood, White Bear Lake, Vadnais Heights, and Gem Lake and through White Bear Township.  

The new double circuit 115 kV line will utilize single pole steel structures, approximately 80 to 90 feet in height.  The span between poles will be 300 to 500 feet.  Xcel Energy proposes to use the right-of-way of the existing 115 kV line to construct the new, double circuit 115 kV line.  If and where new right-of-way is required, the new right-of-way (easement) for the line will be 75 feet (37.5 feet on each side of the transmission line).

Xcel Energy's proposed project requires a route permit from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission).  Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting staff will conduct the environmental review for the project.  An administrative law judge from the Office of Administrative Hearings will hold a public hearing on the project. A decision by the Commission on a route permit is anticipated in September 2013.

Construction on the project is expected to begin after all permits are obtained, with an anticipated in-service date of summer 2015.

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
01/21/14 Route Permit for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake Project | document details
The route permit for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake 115 kV transmission line project, including route permit maps
08/30/13 Environmental Assessment for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake Project
Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting staff has prepared and issued an environmental assessment (EA) for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake project. The EA identifies potential impacts and mitigation measures for the project
01/17/13 Route Permit Application
The route permit application submitted by Xcel Energy to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake 115 kV transmission line project
File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
01/21/14 Route Permit for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake Project | document details
The route permit for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake 115 kV transmission line project, including route permit maps
01/21/14 Commission Order Issuing a Route Permit for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake Project | document details
The Commission's order issuing a route permit for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake 115 kV tranmission line project. Includes the Commission's order, findings and conclusions, and the route permit with maps
11/18/13 Administrative Law Judge's Report - Findings of Fact, Conclusions, and Recommendation | document details
Findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations for the Kohlman Lake project from administrative law judge Barbara Neilson. The judge recommends issuing a route permit to Xcel Energy for the project with specific mitgation measures and route permit conditions
08/30/13 Environmental Assessment for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake Project
Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting staff has prepared and issued an environmental assessment (EA) for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake project. The EA identifies potential impacts and mitigation measures for the project
08/30/13 Notice of Environmental Assessment Availability for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting staff has prepared and issued an environmental assessment (EA) for the project. The EA describes the potential human and environmental impacts of the project and methods to mitigate such impacts
08/26/13 Notice of Public Hearing for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at the White Bear Country Inn in White Bear Lake, Minn. Public comments will be accepted by the administrative law judge through September 20, 2013
06/26/13 Scoping Decision for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake 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 September 2013
05/28/13 EFP Staff Comments and Recommendations on Scoping Process | document details
EFP staff comments noting that no route alternatives were identified during the scoping process for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake project
05/14/13 Written Comments Received on the Scope of the Environmental Assessment for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake Project | document details
Written public comments received during the comment period ending May 10, 2013
04/23/13 Public Meeting Handouts
Handouts and informational materials provided to attendees of the April 23, 2013, public meeting in White Bear Lake
03/20/13 Notice of Public Information and Scoping Meeting for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
A public information and scoping meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at the White Bear Country Inn in White Bear Lake, Minn. Public comments on the scope of the environmental assessment that will be prepared for the project will be accepted through May 10, 2012
02/15/13 EFP Staff Comments and Recommendations on Application Completeness | document details
Staff recommends that the Commission accept the route permit application for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake project as complete
01/17/13 Route Permit Application
The route permit application submitted by Xcel Energy to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for the Kohlman Lake to Goose Lake 115 kV transmission line project

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