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Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Project


Project Docket

Docket No ET2, E002/TL-09-1056
Project Name Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Project
Applicant Great River Energy; Xcel Energy
Description Xcel Energy and GRE Application to construct a new 345 kV HVTL between the new Quarry Substation near St. Cloud and a proposed Bison Substation in North Dakota
Location Clay County, Douglas County, Grant County, Otter Tail County, Pope County, Stearns County, Stevens County, Todd County, Traverse County, Wilkin County
Contact David Birkholz
david.birkholz@state.mn.us
Status
  • 2009-11-13: Application accepted
  • 2010-01-19: Public meeting
  • 2010-04-15: Scoping decision
  • 2010-09-06: Draft EIS available
  • 2010-11-16: Public hearing
  • 2011-01-07: Final EIS available
  • 2011-06-24: Permit Decision
  • 2012-01-09: Permit Amended
  • 2012-04-12: Permit Amended
  • 2013-07-18: Permit Amended
  • 2013-09-30: Permit Amended
  • 2015-03-08: Project built
  • Upcoming: Docket closed
eDockets 09-1056

Project Summary

Alexandria to St. Cloud, MN (Quarry Substation) - Line 0954

Energized: 04/15/2014

Alexandria to North Dakota Border - Line 0955

Energized: 03/31/2015

 


Xcel Energy and Great River Energy are making this Application to construct a new 345 kV high voltage transmission line (HVTL) between the Red River, either at a location south of Moorhead or south of Breckenridge, and the new Quarry Substation west of St. Cloud.

The Minnesota portion of the proposed Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Project will be approximately 169 to 180 miles long, extending from the Red River to the existing Alexandria Switching Station located south of Alexandria and to the new Quarry Substation to be located west of St. Cloud. The North Dakota portion of the Project from a new Bison Substation west of Fargo to the Red River, depending on the route selected, will be approximately 31 to 81 miles.

The proposed structures will primarily include single-pole, double-circuit capable, self-weathering or galvanized steel structures that will range in height between 130 and 175 feet. The span length between structures will range between 600 and 1,000 feet depending on site-specific considerations. Although the proposed line will be built using double-circuit capable poles, only one circuit will be installed for this Project. The second position will be left available for a future additional circuit, as per the Commission?s Certificate of Need (CN) Order. The right-of-way for the proposed 345 kV electrical transmission line will generally be 150 feet in width.

Construction of the Project is expected to begin in 2013 and be completed and in service by the second quarter of 2015.

On May 22, 2009, the Commission issued an Order granting a Certificate of Need (CN) for the CapX 2020 projects.  The CN record can be reviewed by entering year "06" and number "1115" at https://www.edockets.state.mn.us/EFiling/search.jsp .  OES environmental analysis for the CN record can be viewed at http://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/Docket.html?Id=19120.)

Key Project Documents

Date Title Description
06/24/2011 Route Permit for the Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line The Commission has issued an Order granting a Route Permit to Xcel Energy and Great River Energy, including a description of the route and other conditions of the permit and links to the official maps of the route
01/07/2011 Final Environmental Impact Statement for Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Project OES has released the Final EIS for the Project. Documents and maps are available through this link
08/31/2010 Draft EIS for the Fargo-St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Project OES has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Project. Documents and maps are available through this link
10/01/2009 Application to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for a Route Permit Application for a route permit for the Fargo to St. Cloud 345 kV Transmission Line Project

Project Documents