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, e.g., meetings and hearings, are sent to citizens who sign up to be on the project mailing list. Notices are sent via regular U.S. mail; thus, when you sign up for a mailing list, please enter your full and correct mailing address.

Project Mailing Lists. Persons who sign up for a project mailing list receive all notices for that project. You can sign up for a project mailing list in three ways:

  1. By signing up on the project docket page (click on the tab above describing the type of energy facility (e.g., transmission line), click on the project, then click on "Mailing List"),
  2. By creating an account (below) and then using your user profile to subscribe to a project list, or
  3. By contacting the state permit manager or public advisor for the project (these folks are listed on the project docket page).

General Contact List. Persons who sign up for the general contact list receive a notice when an application for an energy facility is submitted to the Commission. This list covers projects statewide. Additionally, this list receives only an initial notice and no subsequent notices; to get subsequent notices for a project, you must sign up for the appropriate project mailing list.

If you've never been on a mailing list for an energy facility, you'll need to register and establish an account. If you've already established an account you can sign on and proceed to sign up for the mailings list(s) that you're interested in.

eDockets and Electronic Subscriptions. All documents and proceedings of a permitting process are collected in an electronic docket (eDocket). You can subscribe to a docket such that you receive an email every time a submission to the docket is made. Thus, you can receive notice of permitting milestones and opportunities for participation by email if you subscribe. However, subscribers receive all docket submissions and this can be a lot of email. 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:

Minnesota Power Great Northern Transmission Line Project (Routing). Comments accepted through 2014-08-15

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 the public in tracking projects, we offer RSS feeds 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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