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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
 
Project built
 
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
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
Date Document On Behalf Of Description
12/17/14 201412-105492-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--PLAN AND PROFILES LINE 5519 1 OF 2
12/17/14 201412-105492-02 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--PLAN AND PROFILES LINE 5519 2 OF 2
11/07/14 201411-104519-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--CONSTRUCTION NOTIFICATION & COMPLAINT HANDLING PROCEDURE
10/07/14 201410-103636-01 PUC LETTER--TO SAGE TAUBER RE COMPLIANCE REVIEW
10/03/14 201410-103570-01 DOC EERA COMPLIANCE REVIEW--EERA REVIEW AND COMMENTS - PLAN AND PROFILE FOR KOHLMAN LAKE TO LINE 5519
09/25/14 20149-103298-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--SUPPLEMENTAL ROUTE ALIGNMENT MAPS
09/12/14 20149-102991-03 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--PLAN AND PROFILE LINE 5560 PART 3 OF 3
09/12/14 20149-102991-02 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--PLAN AND PROFILE LINE 5560 PART 2 OF 3
09/12/14 20149-102991-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--SUBMISSION OF PLAN AND PROFILES FOR THE KOHLMAN LAKE TO GOOSE LAKE-LINE# 5560 PART 1 OF 3
03/07/14 20143-97129-11 PUC MINUTES--DECEMBER 13, 2013 AGENDA
03/04/14 20143-97031-01 XCEL ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING ROUTE PERMIT AND COMPLAINT PROCEDURES
01/21/14 20141-95648-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
01/21/14 20141-95648-01 PUC ORDER--ORDER ISSUING ROUTE PERMIT
12/17/13 201312-94689-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--DECEMBER 19, 2013 AGENDA
12/10/13 201312-94486-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--DECEMBER 19, 2013 AGENDA
12/09/13 201312-94447-05 PUC NOTICE--COURTESY COPY-NOTICE ON POWER PLANT SITING
12/06/13 201312-94379-07 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--DECEMBER 19, 2013
12/06/13 201312-94379-18 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
12/03/13 201312-94279-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY, D/B/A XCEL ENERGY OTHER--EXCEPTIONS TO ALJ REPORT
12/03/13 201312-94251-01 DOC EERA COMMENTS--EXCEPTIONS TO ALJ REPORT
11/18/13 201311-93797-01 OAH ORDER--FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS OF LAW AND RECOMMENDATION
10/08/13 201310-92256-01 DOC EFP BRIEF
10/08/13 201310-92242-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY D/B/A XCEL ENERGY OTHER--REVISED PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS AND EXHIBIT A
10/07/13 201310-92166-01 COURT REPORTER OTHER--EXHIBIT LIST FOR SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 PUBLIC HEARING
10/07/13 201310-92165-01 COURT REPORTER TRANSCRIPTS--TRANSCRIPT OF PUBLIC HEARING HELD ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 WBLK, MN
10/02/13 201310-92082-01 DOC EERA COMMENTS--COMMENT LETTER FROM METROPOLITAN COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
09/24/13 20139-91648-01 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT
09/20/13 20139-91535-02 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS OF LAW AND RECOMMENDATIONS
09/20/13 20139-91556-02 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--2 OF 5
09/20/13 20139-91535-03 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--EXHIBIT A TO FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS OF LAW AND RECOMMENDATIONS
09/20/13 20139-91556-05 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--5 OF 5
09/20/13 20139-91556-03 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--3 OF 5
09/20/13 20139-91556-04 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--4 OF 5
09/20/13 20139-91556-01 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--1 OF 5
09/20/13 20139-91535-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY OTHER--FINDINGS OF FACT-FILING LETTER, CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
09/19/13 20139-91449-01 COURT REPORTER TRANSCRIPTS--TRANSCRIPT PREHARING CONFERENCE AUGUST 14, 2013 10:00 AM ST. PAUL, MN
09/10/13 20139-91139-01 PUC NOTICE--OF PUBLIC HEARING - AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION
09/09/13 20139-91119-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY D/B/A XCEL ENERGY AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING FOR NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
09/03/13 20139-90881-01 DOC EFP NOTICE--IN EQB MONITOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AVAILABILITY
08/30/13 20138-90747-01 DOC EFP REPORT--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT - TEXT, TABLES, AND FIGURES
08/30/13 20138-90750-01 DOC EFP OTHER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE - MAILING OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT TO PUBLIC AGENCIES
08/30/13 20138-90747-02 DOC EFP REPORT--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT - APPENDICES
08/30/13 20138-90798-01 DOC EFP NOTICE--OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AVAILABILITY
08/26/13 20138-90590-01 PUC NOTICE--OF PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING - AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION
08/26/13 20138-90582-02 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
08/26/13 20138-90582-01 PUC NOTICE--OF PUBLIC HEARING
08/22/13 20138-90501-01 DOC EFP OTHER--SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION FROM XCEL ENERGY FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
08/16/13 20138-90325-01 OAH ORDER--FIRST PREHEARING ORDER
08/02/13 20138-89874-16 PUC MINUTES--JUNE 20, 2013 AGENDA MINUTES
07/24/13 20137-89493-01 OAH ORDER--PREHEARING ORDER
07/23/13 20137-89451-01 PUC OTHER--GENERIC ROUTE PERMIT TEMPLATE
06/27/13 20136-88578-01 DOC EFP DECISION--SCOPING DECISION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
06/27/13 20136-88579-01 DOC EFP NOTICE--OF SCOPING DECISION
06/11/13 20136-88056-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--JUNE 20, 2013 AGENDA
06/07/13 20136-87948-29 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
06/07/13 20136-87948-11 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--JUNE 20, 2013
05/28/13 20135-87455-01 DOC EFP COMMENTS--AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON SCOPING PROCESS AND ROUTE ALTERNATIVES
05/14/13 20135-86965-01 DOC EFP COMMENTS--WRITTEN PUBLIC COMMENTS RECEIVED ON THE SCOPE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
04/25/13 20134-86183-02 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--BLANDINGS TURTLE FACT SHEET
04/25/13 20134-86183-01 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--KOHLMAN LAKE-GOOSE LAKE TRANSMISSION EA-SCOPING130425
04/25/13 20134-86183-03 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--BLANDINGS TURTLE FLYER.
04/08/13 20134-85470-02 PUC MINUTES--MARCH 7, 2013 AGENDA MEETING
03/27/13 20133-85049-01 PUC NOTICE--STATE AGENCY PARTICIPATION IN RECORD DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC HEARINGS - RESUBMITTED TO ADDITIONAL LIST
03/27/13 20133-85049-02 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND ADDITIONAL LIST
03/26/13 20133-85041-01 PUC NOTICE--STATE AGENCY PARTICIPATION IN RECORD DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC HEARINGS
03/26/13 20133-85041-02 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
03/20/13 20133-84847-02 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
03/20/13 20133-84847-01 PUC NOTICE--OF PUBLIC INFORMATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT SCOPING MEETING
03/15/13 20133-84725-01 PUC ORDER--ORDER FINDING APPLICATION COMPLETE, REFERRING APPLICATION TO THE OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS, GRANTING VARIANCE, AND APPOINTING A PUBLIC ADVISOR
03/15/13 20133-84725-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
03/08/13 20133-84532-01 PUC COMMENTS--METROPOLITAN COUNCIL
03/06/13 20133-84478-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--MARCH 7, 2013 AGENDA
02/28/13 20132-84302-03 PUC MINUTES--FEBRUARY 14, 2013 AGENDA MEETING
02/27/13 20132-84185-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--MARCH 7, 2013 AGENDA
02/25/13 20132-84107-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY D/B/A XCEL ENERGY AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION--AND AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING
02/22/13 20132-84045-08 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
02/22/13 20132-84045-02 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--MARCH 7, 2013
02/15/13 20132-83884-01 DOC EFP COMMENTS--- AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON APPLICATION ACCEPTANCE
02/04/13 20132-83536-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--FEBRUARY 14, 2013 AGENDA MEETING
02/01/13 20132-83487-01 PUC NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD--ON APPLICATION COMPLETENESS
02/01/13 20132-83487-02 PUC NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
02/01/13 20132-83469-11 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
02/01/13 20132-83469-05 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--FEBRUARY 14, 2013
01/17/13 20131-82893-08 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX G TO ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION-CITY OF MAPLEWOOD ROAD IMPROVEMENT PLAN
01/17/13 20131-82893-09 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX H TO ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION-CULTURAL RESOURCES LITERATURE REVIEW REPORT
01/17/13 20131-82893-07 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX F TO ROUTE PERMIT APPLICTION-VEGETATION MANAGEMENT SCHEMATIC
01/17/13 20131-82893-03 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX B TO ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION-ROUTE MAPS
01/17/13 20131-82893-05 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX D TO ROTUE PERMIT APPLICATION-LANDOWNER LIST AND PUBLIC COMMENTS
01/17/13 20131-82893-04 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX C TO ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION-AGENCY CORRESPONDENCE
01/17/13 20131-82893-01 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPLICATION FOR A ROUTE PERMIT FOR THE KOHLMAN LAKE TO GOOSE LAKE TRANSMISSION LINE REBUILD
01/17/13 20131-82893-06 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX E TO ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION-SUBSTATION LAYOUTS
01/17/13 20131-82893-02 NORTHERN STATES POWER COMPANY INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX A TO ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION-NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE ALTERNATIVE PERMITTING PROCESS
10/22/12 201210-79763-01 XCEL ENERGY INITIAL FILING--NOTIFICATION OF INTENT TO FILE A ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION GOOSE LAKE