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Project Docket

Docket No ET6675/TL-12-1337
Project name ITC Midwest Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV Transmission Line Project
Applicant ITC Midwest LLC
Description ITC Midwest, LLC (ITCM) proposes to construct a new 345 kV transmission line in Jackson, Martin, and Faribault County; to reroute several existing 161 kV lines; and to construct a new substation near the cities of Winnebago and Blue Earth.
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Faribault County; Jackson County; Martin County
Docket created: January 24, 2013
Contacts: Ray Kirsch, 651-539-1841, Environmental Review Manager.
Tracy Smetana, 651-296-0406, Public Advisor.
Status:
 
06-27-2013
Application accepted
 
07-16-2013
Public meeting
 
10-14-2013
Scoping decision
 
03-21-2014
Draft EIS available
 
05-13-2014
Public hearing
 
07-11-2014
Final EIS available
 
09-8-2014
ALJ report issued
 
11-25-2014
Permit issued
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 12-1337
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Project Summary

ITC Midwest LLC (ITCM) has proposed to: (1) construct approximately 75 miles of new 345 kV transmission line eastward from the Lakefield substation near Lakefield, Minn., to a new Huntley substation near Winnebago, Minn. and then southward to the Minnesota-Iowa border, crossing the border near the city of Elmore, Minn., (2) expand the existing Lakefield substation and construct a new substation (the Huntley substation) which will replace the existing Winnebago substation, and (3) relocate and reconfigure several segments of existing 161 kV and 69 kV transmission line which currently terminate at the Winnebago substation such that they will terminate at the new Huntley substation upon completion of the project.  

ITCM has indicated that 345 kV transmission line poles will range from 130 to 190 feet in height, with a span between structures in the range of 700 to 1000 feet.  The transmission poles for the 161 kV portions of the project will range from 80 to 120 feet in height, with a span between structures in the range of 600 to 800 feet. 

ITCM's proposed project requires two approvals from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) before it may be constructed - a certificate of need (CN) and a route permit. ITCM applied to the Commission for these approvals in March 2013.

The route permit application was reviewed under the full permitting process of the Power Plant Siting Act. Upon completion of a draft and final environmental impact statement (EIS) and a public hearing process, the Commission issued a CN and route permit for project on November 25, 2014.  

ITCM anticipates that construction on the project will begin in early 2016 and be completed by mid-year 2017. 

Additional information on the CN process can be found on the eDockets website: CN-12-1053

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
11/25/14 Commission Order Issuing a Route Permit for the Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
Commission order issuing a route permit for ITC Midwest LLC's Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV transmission line project. Includes the Commission's order, route permit, and maps
11/25/14 Route Permit for the Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
Route permit for ITC Midwest LLC's Minnesota to Iowa transmission line project. Includes route permit text and maps.
07/11/14 Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV Transmission Line Project
The final environmental impact statement (FEIS) analyzes the potential human and environmental impacts of the project and measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate these impacts. It analyzes route alternatives that could be used for the project and provides a comparative analysis of routing options. The FEIS responds to the comments received on the draft EIS for this project
03/28/13 Route Permit Application
The route permit application submitted by ITC Midwest, LLC to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for the Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV transmission line project
File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
11/25/14 Commission Order Issuing a Route Permit for the Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
Commission order issuing a route permit for ITC Midwest LLC's Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV transmission line project. Includes the Commission's order, route permit, and maps
11/25/14 Route Permit for the Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
Route permit for ITC Midwest LLC's Minnesota to Iowa transmission line project. Includes route permit text and maps.
11/25/14 Commission Order Issuing a Certificate of Need for the Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
Commission order issuing a certificate of need with conditions for ITC Midwest LLC's Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV transmission line project
09/08/14 Administrative Law Judge's Report for the Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
The administrative law judge's (ALJ) report for the project including findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations. The ALJ recommends that the Commission issue a certificate of need for the project and a route permit for the project along Modified Route A
07/14/14 Notice of Availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement -- Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
The Department of Commerce has issued the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the ITC Midwest Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV transmission line project. The FEIS analyzes the potential human and environmental impacts of the project and possible measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate these impacts. The FEIS responds to the comments received on the draft EIS for the project.
07/11/14 Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV Transmission Line Project
The final environmental impact statement (FEIS) analyzes the potential human and environmental impacts of the project and measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate these impacts. It analyzes route alternatives that could be used for the project and provides a comparative analysis of routing options. The FEIS responds to the comments received on the draft EIS for this project
06/02/14 Comments Received on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Minnesota to Iowa Project
Oral and written comments received on the scope of the draft EIS including comments from agencies, local units of governments, and citizens
04/25/14 Draft EIS Public Meeting Presentation | document details
The presentation handout that was provided for attendees of the public information meetings on the draft EIS in Fairmont, Jackson, and Blue Earth
04/22/14 Notice of Public Hearings for the ITC Midwest Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
Public hearings will be held May 13 and 14 in the cities of Blue Earth, Jackson, and Fairmont. Comments on the project will be accepted by the administrative law judge through May 30, 2014.
03/24/14 Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Public Information Meetings for the ITC Midwest Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
The Department of Commerce has issued the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project. The draft EIS evaluates the potential human and environmental impacts of the project. Public information meetings will be held April 22, 23, and 24 in the cities of Fairmont, Jackson, and Blue Earth. Comments on the draft EIS will be accepted through May 9, 2014. Comments on the draft EIS will be used to prepare a final EIS for the project.
03/21/14 Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV Transmission Line Project
The draft environmental impact statement (EIS) evaluates the potential human and environmental impacts of the proposed project and possible mitigation measures including route alternatives and route variations. The draft EIS also evaluates alternatives to the project itself. The EIS is issued in draft form so that it may be improved by public comment. A final EIS will be developed based on comments received during the comment period on the draft EIS.
12/24/13 Second Amended Scheduling Order for Certificate of Need and Route Permit Proceedings | document details
The second amended scheduling order from Administrative Law Judge James E. LaFave, revising the schedule for the hearings and related proceedings for the Minnesota to Iowa project. The schedule anticipates issuance of the draft EIS for the project on March 21, 2014, with public information and comment meetings the week of April 21, 2014
10/15/13 Notice of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Scoping Decision for Minnesota to Iowa Project | document details
The Minnesota Department of Commerce has issued the scoping decision for the EIS that will be prepared for ITC Midwest LLC's Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV transmission line project. The scoping decision identifies the route, alignment, and site alternatives that will be examined in the EIS and those alternatives that will not be addressed
10/14/13 EIS Scoping Decision for Minnesota to Iowa Project
The scoping decision issued by the Department of Commerce for the environmental impact statement (EIS) that will be prepared for the project. The scoping decision identifies the route, alignment, and site alternatives that will be examined in the EIS and those alternatives that will not be addressed
09/17/13 Amended Scheduling Order for Certificate of Need and Route Permit Proceedings | document details
The amended scheduling order from Administrative Law Judge James E. LaFave setting the schedule for the hearings and related proceedings for the Minnesota to Iowa project
09/10/13 EFP Staff Comments and Recommendations on Scoping Process and Alternatives for Inclusion in the Scope of the EIS
EFP staff comments on the Minnesota to Iowa 345 transmission project EIS scoping process, the route and alignment alternatives proposed during this process, and those alternatives that EFP staff intends to recommend for inclusion in the scope of the EIS
08/23/13 Written Comments Received on the Scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Minnesota to Iowa Project
Written comments received on the scope of the EIS, including comments from agencies, local units of government, and citizens
08/15/13 Oral Comments Received on the Scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Minnesota to Iowa Project | document details
Oral comments received at the public information and EIS scoping meetings held July 16-18, 2013, in the cities of Fairmont, Jackson, and Blue Earth
07/22/13 Public Meeting Handouts
Handouts and informational materials available to attendees of the public information and scoping meetings in Fairmont, Jackson, and Blue Earth
06/24/13 Notice of Public Information and Environmental Impact Statement Scoping Meetings for the Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
Public information and scoping meetings will be held July 16, 17, and 18 in the cities of Fairmont, Jackson, and Blue Earth. Public comments on the scope of the environmental impact statement that will be prepared for the project will be accepted through August 2, 2013
05/24/13 Minnesota to Iowa Advisory Task Force Information Page
The proceedings and work of the Minnesota to Iowa advisory task force. The Commission has authorized the task force to aid the Department of Commerce in the development of the scope of the environmental impact statement that will be prepared for the project
04/22/13 EFP Staff Comments and Recommendations on Application Completeness | document details
Staff recommends that the Commission accept the route permit application for the Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV project as complete and authorize an advisory task force for the project
03/28/13 Route Permit Application
The route permit application submitted by ITC Midwest, LLC to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for the Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV transmission line project
03/22/13 Certificate of Need Application
The certificate of need application submitted by ITC Midwest, LLC to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for the Minnesota to Iowa 345 kV transmission line project

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