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Project Docket

Docket No 13-68
Project name Deer River Transmission Project
Applicant Minnesota Power
Description Minnesota Power proposes to construct approximately one mile of new 115 kV transmission line, approximately 0.3 miles of new 230 kV transmission line, and a replacement substation east of the city of Deer River in Itasca County. The Deer River Transmission Project would also rebuild approximately 0.9 miles of an existing 115 kV transmission line, and remove approximately 7.5 miles of existing 115 kV transmission line
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Itasca County; Itasca County -- Deer River Township
Docket created: April 16, 2013
Contacts: Suzanne Steinhauer, 651-539-1843, Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
 
06-19-2013
Public meeting
 
06-27-2013
Application accepted
 
08-8-2013
Scoping decision
 
11-20-2013
Environmental document available
 
01-6-2014
Public hearing
 
06-10-2014
Permit Decision
 
Project built
 
Project closed
eDockets 13-68
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Project Summary

Minnesota Power proposes a number of transmission improvements as part of the Deer River Transmission Project (Project).  Under the proposed Project Minnesota Power would (1) construct approximately one mile of new 115 kV transmission line, (2) construct approximately 0.3 miles of double-circuit 230 kV transmission line, (3) replace MP's existing Deer River 115/23 kV Substation with the new Zemple 230/115/23 kV Substation at the same location, (4) rebuild approximately 0.9 miles of an existing 115 kV transmission line, and (5) remove an existing 7.5 mile 115 kV transmission line.

Minnesota Power proposes to install wood or steel monopole or H-frame transmission structures with heights of approximately 55 to 100 feet for the 115 kV portions of the Project, and steel monopole structures with heights of approximately 100 to 150 feet for the 230 kV portion of the Project.  Minnesota Power has requested a route width of 1,000 feet within which to locate a 100-foot right-of-way for the new portion of 115 kV transmission line, and a route width of 500 feet within which to locate a 130-foot right of way for the 230 kV transmission line. 

Minnesota Power contends that the proposed Project does not meet the definition of a “large energy facility” under Minn. Stat. § 216B.2421, and therefore no Certificate of Need is required for the Project.

File Register
DateDocumentDescription
06/10/14 HVTL Route Permit - Minnesota Power Deer River Transmission Line Project | document details
On June 10, 2014, the Commission issued a HVTL Route Permit, including a description of the route and other conditions of the permit and the official maps of the route, to Minnesota Power in accordance with Minn. Stat. 216E
01/21/14 Notice RESCHEDULED Public Hearing for the Deer River 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
A hearing will be held on February 6, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the White Oak Inn and Suites on Minnesota Power's Application to the PUC for a HVTL Route Permit for the Deer River HVTL project in Itasca County. Public comments will be accepted by the administrative law judge through February 20, 2014
01/06/14 Notice - Public Hearing Postponed | document details
The MP Deer River HVTL Public Hearing scheduled for January 6, 2014 has been postponed due to inclement weather
12/04/13 Notice of Public Hearing for the Deer River 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
A hearing will be held on January 6, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the White Oak Inn and Suites on Minnesota Power's Application to the PUC for a HVTL Route Permit for the Deer River HVTL project in Itasca County. Public comments will be accepted by the administrative law judge through January 20, 2014
11/20/13 Notice of Environmental Assessment Availability - MP Deer River HVTL Project | document details
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Energy Environmental Review and Analysis (EERA) announces the release of the environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed MP Deer River HVTL project
11/20/13 Environmental Assessment – MP Deer River HVTL Project
The Environmental Assessment is a written document that describes the human and environmental impacts of the transmission line project (and selected alternative routes) and methods to mitigate such impacts. Applications for high voltage transmission line route permits under the alternative permitting process require a public hearing upon completion of the EA pursuant to Minn. R. 7850.3800
08/08/13 Environmental Assessment Scoping Decision: Deer River HVTL Project | document details
Scoping decision identifying the issues to be adressed in the EA to be prepared for Minnesota Power's proposed Deer River HVTL Project. No routes beside that proposed by Minnesota Power will be evaluated. The EA is scheduled to become available in November 2013
07/11/13 Oral Comments - Public Information and Scoping Meeting for Deer River HVTL Project | document details
Record of oral comments received at the public information and scoping meeting held June 19, 2013, in Deer River
07/11/13 Written Scoping Comments - Deer River HVTL Environmental Assessment | document details
Written public comments addressing the scope of the Environmental Assessment to be prepared for the Deer River HVTL project
06/06/13 Notice of Public Information and Environmental Assessment Scoping Meeting | document details
Notice of public meeting to be held in Deer River on June 19, 2013. Comments on alternatives and issues to be evaluated in the environmental assessment prepared for this docket will be accepted through July 3, 2013
05/02/13 EFP Comments on Application Acceptance | document details
EFP Staff comments and recommendations to the Commission on acceptance of Minnesota Power's Route Permit Application for the Deer River HVTL Project
04/17/13 Route Permit Application: Deer River Transmission Project
Minnesota Power application for 115 kV and 230 kV transmission lines and substation located east of the city of Deer River
Date Document On Behalf Of Description
06/13/14 20146-100428-01 PUC COMPLIANCE REVIEW--TO DANIEL MCCOURTNEY
06/13/14 20146-100428-02 PUC COMPLIANCE REVIEW--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
06/12/14 20146-100355-01 DOC EERA COMMENTS--AND COMPLIANCE REVIEW
06/12/14 20146-100366-01 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING OF ROUTE PERMIT
06/10/14 20146-100286-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
06/10/14 20146-100286-01 PUC ORDER--ORDER ISSUING ROUTE PERMIT
06/10/14 20146-100314-01 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--FIELD REPRESENTATIVE AND INVASIVE SPECIES CONTROL PLAN
05/15/14 20145-99509-02 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--MAY 22, 2014 AGENDA - DEER RIVER ROUTE PERMIT PACKAGE
05/15/14 20145-99509-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--MAY 22, 2014 AGENDA
05/09/14 20145-99357-06 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
05/09/14 20145-99357-03 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--MAY 19TH AND 22ND, 2014
04/29/14 20144-98869-01 DOC EERA EXCEPTIONS TO ALJ
04/18/14 20144-98470-01 MINNESOTA POWER OTHER--LETTER OF NO EXCEPTION TO ALJ REPORT
04/14/14 20144-98275-01 OAH REPORT--ALJ'S FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS OF LAW, AND RECOMMENDATIONS
03/03/14 20143-97003-01 DOC EERA REPLY COMMENTS--POST HEARING
02/27/14 20142-96866-01 MINNESOTA POWER OTHER--PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT
02/26/14 20142-96815-01 PUC NOTICE OF EXTENSIONVARIANCE--- PUBLIC HEARING COMMENT PERIOD
02/26/14 20142-96815-02 PUC NOTICE OF EXTENSIONVARIANCE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
02/25/14 20142-96764-01 OAH ORDER--SECOND AMENDED SCHEDULING ORDER
02/20/14 20142-96658-01 COURT REPORTER OTHER--MASTER EXHIBIT LIST FROM PUBLIC HEARING
02/20/14 20142-96655-01 MNDOT COMMENTS
02/19/14 20142-96628-01 MINNESOTA POWER EXTENSIONVARIANCE REQUEST--MOTION FOR PUBLIC HEARING COMMENT PERIOD EXTENSION
02/18/14 20142-96505-01 MINNESOTA POWER AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION--AFFIDAVITS OF PUBLICATION OF NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED PUBLIC HEARING
02/11/14 20142-96354-01 MINNESOTA POWER RESPONSE TO REPLY COMMENTS--RESPONSES TO PUBLIC HEARING COMMENTS
02/10/14 20142-96279-01 COURT REPORTER TRANSCRIPTS--PUBLIC HEARING - FEBRUARY 6, 2014 DEER RIVER, MN
02/10/14 20142-96280-02 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--SIGN-IN SHEET FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON 2-6-14
02/10/14 20142-96280-01 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--PUBLIC EXHIBIT A
02/03/14 20142-96125-01 DOC EERA OTHER--EQB MONITOR NOTICE OF EA AVAILABILITY
01/31/14 20141-96059-01 PUC OTHER--LGU CET. MAIL CONFIRMATION FEB 6 PUBLIC HEARING
01/30/14 20141-95987-01 PUC LETTER--TO STATE AGENCY TECHNICAL REPRESENTATIVES
01/22/14 20141-95683-01 MINNESOTA POWER AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION--MAILED NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED PUBLIC HEARING
01/21/14 20141-95656-02 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
01/21/14 20141-95656-01 PUC NOTICE--OF RESCHEDULED PUBLIC HEARING
01/17/14 20141-95589-01 OAH ORDER--AMENDED SCHEDULING ORDER
01/16/14 20141-95530-01 MN DNR COMMENTS
01/06/14 20141-95139-01 PUC NOTICE--OF PUBLIC HEARING - MEETING POSTPONED
01/06/14 20141-95139-02 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
01/06/14 20141-95156-01 MINNESOTA POWER AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION--FOR JANUARY 6, 2014 PUBLIC HEARING
01/03/14 20141-95134-01 MINNESOTA POWER AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION--NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT SCOPING MEETING
12/24/13 201312-94898-01 PUC OTHER--LGU CERTIFIED MAIL CONFIRMATIONS
12/09/13 201312-94463-01 PUC OTHER--GENERIC ROUTE PERMIT TEMPLATE
12/09/13 201312-94447-19 PUC NOTICE--COURTESY COPY-NOTICE ON POWER PLANT SITING
12/06/13 201312-94373-01 MINNESOTA POWER OTHER--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
12/05/13 201312-94363-01 PUC LETTER--PROOF OF SERVICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE TO EQB TECH REP LIST
12/05/13 201312-94362-01 PUC LETTER--TO STATE AGENCY TECHNICAL REPRESENTATIVES RE STATE AGENCY PARTICIPATION IN RECORD DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC HEARINGS
12/05/13 201312-94366-01 PUC LETTER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
12/03/13 201312-94268-01 PUC NOTICE--OF PUBLIC HEARING
12/03/13 201312-94268-02 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
11/27/13 201311-94143-01 OAH ORDER--SCHEDULING ORDER
11/22/13 201311-94007-01 MINNESOTA POWER NOTICE OF APPEARANCE--KODI JEAN CHURCH & DAVID R MOELLER
11/22/13 201311-94004-01 MINNESOTA POWER AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION--AFFIDAVITS OF MAILING AND PUBLICATION OF NOTICE OF FILING
11/22/13 201311-93972-01 COURT REPORTER TRANSCRIPTS--TRANSCRIPT OF PREHEARING CONFERENCE HELD ON NOVEMBER 15, 2013 ST PAUL
11/21/13 201311-93927-05 DOC EERA OTHER--APPENDIX A - EA SCOPING DECISION
11/21/13 201311-93928-01 DOC EERA NOTICE--OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AVAILABILITY
11/21/13 201311-93927-06 DOC EERA OTHER--APPENDIX B - SAMPLE HVTL ROUTE PERMIT
11/21/13 201311-93927-01 DOC EERA OTHER--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT - FIG 5 - POTENTIAL STRUCTURE DESIGNS 115 KV
11/21/13 201311-93926-02 DOC EERA OTHER--TEXT AND TABLES
11/21/13 201311-93927-02 DOC EERA OTHER--FIG 6 - POTENTIAL STRUCTURE DESIGNS 230 KV
11/21/13 201311-93926-03 DOC EERA OTHER--FIG 1 - PROPOSED HVTL ROUTE AND SUBSTATION MAP - AERIAL
11/21/13 201311-93927-04 DOC EERA OTHER--FIG 8 - PROPOSED HVTL ROUTE MAP - AERIAL WITH GAP DATA
11/21/13 201311-93927-03 DOC EERA OTHER--FIG 7 - PROPOSED HVTL ROUTE MAP - AERIAL WITH WATER RESOURCE DATA
11/21/13 201311-93926-05 DOC EERA OTHER--FIG 3 - PROPOSED HVTL ROUTE MAP - AERIAL WITH ENVIRONMENTAL AND CULTURAL DATA
11/21/13 201311-93926-06 DOC EERA OTHER--FIG 4 - PROPOSED ZEMPLE SUBSTATION LAYOUT
11/21/13 201311-93926-04 DOC EERA OTHER--FIG 2 - GENERAL VICINITY MAP - AERIAL
11/21/13 201311-93926-01 DOC EERA OTHER--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT - COVER SHEET
11/07/13 201311-93438-01 OAH NOTICE
10/16/13 201310-92628-01 OAH LETTER
09/13/13 20139-91248-03 PUC MINUTES--AUGUST 1, 2013 MINUTES
08/08/13 20138-90065-01 DOC - EERA OTHER--SCOPING DECISION IDENTIFYING ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT TO BE PREPARED FOR THE PROPOSED DEER RIVER HVTL PROJECT.
07/25/13 20137-89566-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--AUGUST 1, 2013 AGENDA
07/19/13 20137-89303-08 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--AUGUST 1, 2013
07/19/13 20137-89303-16 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
07/12/13 20137-89068-01 DOC EFP STAFF COMMENTS--EFP STAFF COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON ALTERNATIVE ROUTES IN DEER RIVER HVTL PROCEEDING
07/12/13 20137-89075-01 MINNESOTA POWER OTHER--RESPONSE TO SCOPING COMMENTS
07/10/13 20137-89000-02 DOC EFP STAFF COMMENTS--WRITTEN COMMENTS ON ER SCOPE
07/10/13 20137-89000-01 DOC EFP STAFF COMMENTS--ORAL COMMENTS FROM PUBLIC INFORMATION AND SCOPING MEETING IN DEER RIVER 6-19-13
07/03/13 20137-88850-01 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--DEER RIVER TRANSMISSION ROUTE APPLICATIONEA-SCOPE130703
07/03/13 20137-88850-02 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--DEER RIVER BIRD DIVERTER RECOMMENDATION MAP130703
06/27/13 20136-88597-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
06/27/13 20136-88568-05 PUC MINUTES--AGENDA MINUTES MAY 23, 2013
06/27/13 20136-88597-01 PUC ORDER--ORDER FINDING APPLICATION COMPLETE, GRANTING VARIANCE, AND REFERRING APPLICATION TO THE OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS
06/05/13 20136-87862-02 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
06/05/13 20136-87862-01 PUC NOTICE--OF PUBLIC INFORMATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT SCOPING MEETING
05/15/13 20135-87039-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--5-23-2013 AGENDA
05/10/13 20135-86882-03 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--MAY 23, 2013
05/10/13 20135-86882-10 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
05/02/13 20135-86640-01 DOC EFP COMMENTS--EFP STAFF COMMENTS ON APPLICATION ACCEPTANCE
04/24/13 20134-86094-02 PUC NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
04/24/13 20134-86094-01 PUC NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD--ON APPLICATION COMPLETENESS
04/15/13 20134-85716-01 MINNESOTA POWER OTHER--APPLICATION FOR ROUTE PERMIT
01/28/13 20131-83255-01 MINNESOTA POWER INITIAL FILING--NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION-DEER RIVER PROJECT- ITASCA