Under the Power Plant Siting Act (Minnesota Statute 216E), a route permit from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) is required to construct and operate a high voltage transmission line (HVTL). An HVTL is a transmission line and associated facilities capable of operating at 100 kilovolts or more. The rules for the administration of transmission line route permits are found at Minnesota Rules Chapter 7850.
Open projects are projects currently in the permitting process. They are listed here chronologically, most recent projects first. To see all projects or to search for a project by location or type, see the project database
Great River Energy proposes to construct approximately 2.5 miles of new 115 kV electric transmission line near the city of Backus in Cass County
Great River Energy (GRE) and Minnesota Power (MP) are proposing to construct the Motley Area 115 kV Project, a 115 kilovolt (kV) high voltage transmission line (HVTL) and associated facilities near the city of Motley in Morrison, Cass and Todd counties.
North Star Solar PV, LLC is filing a Joint Application for a 100 MW solar generating plant site permit and connecting 115 kV transmission line route permit in Chisago County
Minnesota Power's proposed 16 Line Reroute project is an approximately three-mile-long 115 kilovolt HVTL located in St. Louis County, Minnesota
Great River Energy and Minnesota Power propose to construct a new 115 kV transmission line and to construct and modify substations near the city of Menahga in Hubbard, Wadena, and Becker County
Minnkota Power is planning a new 115 kV transmission line and new 115/41.6 substation in Clearwater County
Minnesota Power, in partnership with Manitoba Hydro, proposes to construct a 500 kV high voltage transmission line (HVTL) from the International border that would terminate at the Blackberry Substation in Itasca County
Odell Wind Farm, LLC is proposing to construct 9.5 miles of 115 kV transmission line to transmit energy generated at the planned 200 MW Odell Wind Farm to the Woad Hill Substation
Minnesota Power hereby applies to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for a Certificate of Need to construct the Great Northern Transmission Line
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
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.
Great River Energy proposes to rebuild a portion of the existing 69 kV transmission system and construct a new double-circuit 115 kV transmission line in Scott and Rice counties
Xcel Energy proposes to upgrade the Chaska Area 69 kV transmission line to 115 kV capacity in in eastern Carver County and northern Scott County near and within the City of Chaska, and through Laketown, Dahlgren, and Jackson townships
Xcel Energy proposes to upgrade the Scott-County-Bluff Creek-Westgate 69 kV transmission line to 115 kV capacity near the cities of Chanhassen, Shorewood, Excelsior, Deephaven, Greenwood, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie,
Northern States Power Company (dba Xcel Energy), on behalf of CapX 2020 co-owners, has submitted a route permit application for a 30-mile, 161-kilovolt transmission line from the proposed North Rochester substation near Pine Island and Zumbrota, Minn., to the existing Chester substation east of Rochester, Minn
Xcel Energy Application to construct a new 345 kV and a new 161kV transmission line from the Hampton Substation, through Rochester, to a proposed substation in La Crosse, Wis
Minor Alterations to Transmission Lines or Large Electric Power Generating Plants
A utility seeking a route permit for a transmission line that meets certain qualifications may elect to seek approval from a local unit of government. If local review is elected, a permit from the Public Utilities Commission is not required. This docket contains local review projects
Annual Hearing for the Power Plant Siting and Transmission Line Routing Program
For the full review permitting process, an applicant must identify in its application a preferred route for the transmission line and one alternative route. As part of the permitting process, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting unit prepares an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the project, and a contested case hearing is conducted by an administrative law judge. The Commission has up to one year from the time the application is accepted to complete the process and make a decision on the permit. Minn. Rules 7850 | Full Review Flowchart.
An alternative review permitting process is available for certain smaller transmission lines identified in Minnesota Statute 216E.04. For the alternative review process, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Energy Facility Permitting unit prepares an environmental assessment (EA) for the project, and a public hearing is conducted by an administrative law judge. The Commission has up to six months from the time the application is accepted to complete the process and make a decision on the permit. Minn. Rules 7850 | Alternative Review Flowchart.
For certain projects, the applicant can elect to seek authorization from local units of government rather than from the Commission. Qualifying projects are identified in Minnesota Statute 216E.05. Minn. Rules 7850.5300 | Local Review Fact Sheet.
A certificate of need from the Commission is required for a proposed HVTL that is a large energy facility per Minnesota Statute 216B.2421. If a certificate of need is required, it must be issued prior to the route permit for the project (Minnesota Statute 216B.243).