Public Participation

The Commission encourages and relies upon public participation in making siting and routing decisions. A number of tools are offered here to assist citizens in discovering, tracking, and commenting on energy facility projects proposed for their communities.

You can search for projects by type (e.g., transmission line) and location (e.g. Brown County) in the project database. You can find an overview of how to participate in the Commission's permitting processes and what to expect in the processes by clicking the  "How to Participate" tab above.| Cómo participar.


Notices, Press releases and meetings

Notice of energy facility permitting milestones and opportunities for participation are sent to persons who sign up for the project mailing list. Notices are sent via regular U.S. mail or by electroncic mail (email), whichever you prefer.

Project Mailing Lists.  Persons who sign up for a project mailing list receive all public notices for that project.  To sign up for a project mailing list, contact the public advisor in the consumer affairs office at the Commission: consumer.puc@state.mn.us, 651-296-0406 or 1-800-657-3782.  If you leave a phone message or send an email, please be sure to include: (1) how you would like to receive notices (regular mail or email) and (2) your complete mailing or email address.

General Contact List.  Persons who sign up for the general contact list receive a notice when: (1) an application for an energy facility is submitted to the Commission, (2) a request for a minor alternation is made to Commission, and (3) a utility notifies the Commission  that it is seeking local permitting approval for a project.  The general contact list applies to projects statewide.  This list receives only an initial notice and no subsequent notices. To receive subsequent notices for a project, you must sign up for the appropriate project mailing list.

To sign up for the general contact list, contact the public advisor in the consumer affairs office at the Commission: consumer.puc@state.mn.us, 651-296-0406 or 1-800-657-3782.

eDockets and Electronic Subscriptions.  All documents and proceedings of a permitting process are collected in an electronic docket (eDockets). You can subscribe to a docket such that you receive an email every time a submission to the docket is made. To subscribe to a specific docket, you must know the docket number for the docket.  Projects and their docket numbers can be found by clicking on the energy facility tabs on this website, by searching the project database (above), or by searching eDockets.  You can subscribe to an electronic docket here.

Public comments on proposed energy facilities can be submitted in a variety of ways - including submitting a comment here. Choose from the list of open project comment periods (below) and you will be directed to an electronic comment form.

Projects

There is currently 1 project open for comment:

Aurora Distributed Solar Project. Comments accepted through 2014-09-30

If you don't see your project listed above, it may be that comments are being directed to another agency, e.g. an administrative law judge from the Office of Administrative Hearings. Please check the applicable notice for the appropriate place to send comments.

To assist citizens in tracking projects, RSS feeds are available by project and county.  RSS 'pushes' information on projects to you so that you do not have to continually return to project pages to check for updates. More about RSS feeds.

Citizens can follow energy facility permitting milestones and meetings on Twitter. The Minnesota Department of Commerce sends out a couple of tweets each day on a range of topics, including environmental review of proposed energy facilities. We won't over-tweet, usually only a few a day. We will not tweet on weekends or holidays except in emergencies. The Department's Twitter handle is @MNCommerce. To follow us, click on the button below or follow this link.

Resources

Resources for citizens, agencies, and prospective permit applicants.

Older Resources and Publications:
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