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This webpage contains information and documents related to the permitting of this project by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Every project before the Commission has an electronic docket (eDocket), a file folder for all of the project's documents.

Documents for this project are listed below in the File Register, most recent documents first. To view the eDockets record for this project, click on the eDockets link below, or click on the eDockets tab in the File Register. A subset of the record, including key documents with descriptions, is available by clicking on the Energy Facilities tab in the File Register.

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Project Docket

Docket No E015/CN-12-1163
Project name Certificate of Need Application - Great Northern Transmission Line
Applicant Minnesota Power
Description Minnesota Power hereby applies to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for a Certificate of Need to construct the Great Northern Transmission Line
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission; Certificate of Need HVTL
Location Minnesota
Docket created: October 21, 2013
Contacts: Bill Storm, 651-539-1844, Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
 
01-8-2014
Application accepted
 
02-20-2014
Public meeting
 
04-22-2014
Scoping decision
 
07-11-2014
Environmental document available
 
12-3-2014
Public hearing
 
03-16-2015
ALJ report issued
 
Certificate of Need issued
 
Docket closed
eDockets 12-1163
Mailing list Contact the Public Utilies Commission at docketing.puc@state.mn.us or 651-201-2204 or 1-800-657-3782 to sign up.
Project Summary

Minnesota Power, in partnership with Manitoba Hydro, proposes to construct a 500 kV transmission line from the International border that would terminate at the Blackberry Substation in Itasca County (spanning an estimated 235 to 270 miles).  Construction of the line is anticipated to begin in June, 2016 and take approximately 48 months to complete, with a projected in-service date of June 1, 2020.

Minnesota Power has submitted an application to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for a Certificate of Need to construct the Great Northern Transmission Line.

Routing for the Project will be considered in both the Presidential Permit required for the Project and in the Route Permit process, which will come before the Commission in a separate docket.

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
07/14/14 Environmental Report - Minnesota Power Great Northern Transmission Line Project (Certificate of Need)
This Environmental Report (ER) addresses the issues noted in Minnesota Rule 7849.1500, and those identified in the Department’s scoping decision for this project
10/22/13 Application for a Certificate of Need - Minnesota Power's great Northern Transmission Line Project
Minnesota Power, in partnership with Manitoba Hydro, proposes to construct a 500 kV transmission line from the International border that would terminate at the Blackberry Substation in Itasca County (spanning an estimated 235 to 270 miles)
File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
03/16/15 Administrative Law Judge’s Report for the Great Northern Transmission Line Certificate of Need Application | 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 grant a certificate of need for the project subject to certain conditions
10/02/14 Notice of Public Hearing for the Great Northern Transmission Line Certificate of Need | document details
Public hearings will be held during the weeks of October 6th and 13th, 2014, at various locations across northern Minnesota on Minnesota Power's Application to the PUC for a Certificate of Need for the GNTL project. Public comments will be accepted by the administrative law judge through December 3, 2014
07/14/14 Environmental Report - Minnesota Power Great Northern Transmission Line Project (Certificate of Need)
This Environmental Report (ER) addresses the issues noted in Minnesota Rule 7849.1500, and those identified in the Department’s scoping decision for this project
07/11/14 Public Notice: Availability of the Environmental Report for the Great Northern Transmission Line Certificate of Need Proceeding | document details
he environmental report is a written document that describes the human and environmental impacts of the proposed project associated with the size, type, and timing of the project, system configurations, and voltage. The environmental report must also contain information on alternatives to the proposed project and shall address mitigating measures for anticipated adverse impacts (Minn. R. 7849.1500).
04/22/14 ER Scoping Decision: Minnesota Power's GNTL Project Certificate of Need Proceedings | document details
The Deputy Commissioner, Department of Commerce has issued a decision on the scope of the Environmental Report to be prepared for Minnesota Power's proposed GNTL (CN Docket) project
03/17/14 Public Comments on the Scope of the Environmental Report
The EERA held Public Scoping meetings on the MP GNTL project during the weeks of February 10 and 17, 2014; the comment period allowing the public to submit comments on the scope of the ER was open until March 14, 2014. The following comments were received
02/05/14 Draft Environmental Report Scoping Document, Great Northern Transmission Line Certificate of Need Application | document details
This DRAFT scoping document is intended to advise the public of the scoping process and the process for the preparation of the Environmental Review document (i.e., Environmental Report). The scoping decision will identify for the public the issues and alternatives that the Department of Commerce (Department) Energy Environmental Review and Analysis (EERA) unit has determined are appropriate for inclusion in the environmental review document
01/15/14 Notice: Environmental Report Scoping Meeting, Minnesota Power Great Northern Transmission Line Certificate of Need Docket | document details
The PUC and DOC EERA will conduct public information and environmental review scoping meetings during the 2nd and 3rd weeks of February 2014, at various locations across northern Minnesota. Comments will be accepted until March 14, 2014
01/08/14 PUC Order Certificate of Need Application - Minnesota Power's Proposed GNTL Project | document details
On January 8, 2014, the Commission accepted the CN application submitted by Minnesota Power for the GNTL project
10/22/13 Application for a Certificate of Need - Minnesota Power's great Northern Transmission Line Project
Minnesota Power, in partnership with Manitoba Hydro, proposes to construct a 500 kV transmission line from the International border that would terminate at the Blackberry Substation in Itasca County (spanning an estimated 235 to 270 miles)

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