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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 ET2 E015/TL-10-1307
Project name GRE and MP Savanna HVTL Project
Applicant Great River Energy; Minnesota Power
Description The Savanna HVTL Project is a proposal by Great River Energy and Minnesota Power for new switching station and rebiuld of an existing 69 kV line to a 115 kV HVTL in St. Louis and Carlton Counties
Subjects Environmental policy
Location St. Louis County
Docket created: January 24, 2011
Contacts: Bill Storm, 651-539-1844, Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
 
Application accepted
 
Public meeting
 
Scoping decision
 
Environmental document available
 
Public hearing
 
Permit issued
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 10-1307
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Project Summary

Great River Energy and Minnesota Power (Applicants) are applying to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for a Certificate of Need and a Route Permit to construct the new Savanna 115 kilovolt (kV) Switching Station near Floodwood, Minnesota, and to rebuild approximately 37 total miles of existing 69 kV transmission line to 115 kV specifications between:

         Lake Country Power�s existing Cedar Valley Substation and the new Savanna Switching Station, and

         The Savanna Switching Station, Lake Country Power�s existing Gowan Substation, and Great River Energy�s existing Cromwell Substation. 

The Applicants propose to construct the 115 kV lines along the same route as the existing 69 kV line and to construct the new Savanna Switching Station in Section 32 of Van Buren Township, a few miles northeast of Floodwood, Minnesota.  The Applicants anticipate start of construction as early as late 2011, completion and energize the segment between the Cedar Valley Substation and the Savanna Switching Station in 2012, and completion and energize the rest of the Project by summer 2014.

The PUC docket numbers for the CON and HVTL Route Permit are ET2, E015/CN-10-973 and ET2, E015/TL-10-1307, respectively.

File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
03/26/12 State Register Notice: PUC Final Decision on Great River Energy-Minnesota Power HVTL Route Permit | document details
At its regular meeting on February 13, 2012, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission determined that the Environmental Assessment addressed the issues identified in the Scoping Decision and issued a route permit for the project.
03/12/12 PUC HVTL Route Permit Final Decision: GRE/MP Savanna 115 kV Project
The Commission has issued an Order granting a Route Permit to GRE/MP, including a description of the route and other conditions of the permit and links to the official maps of the route
02/03/12 Comments and Recommendations of the DOC EFP staff on the final permit decision for the Great Review Energy and Minnesota Power Savanna HVTL Route Permit Application
Attached are the comments and recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) Energy Facility Permitting (EFP) staff in the above stated matter
10/21/11 Notice of Public Hearing for Savanna 115 kV Transmission Line Certificate of Need and Route Permit. | document details
A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at the Fine Lakes Township Hall on the route permit and certificate of need applications submitted by Great River Energy and Minnesota Power for the proposed Savanna Project, a 115 kV Transmission Line Rebuild and new Savanna Switching Station. Comments may be submitted to the Administrative Law Judge through Tuesday, November 29, 2011
10/21/11 Environmental Assessment, GRE/MP Savanna HVTL Rebuild Project
This Environmental Assessment (EA) provides an overview of the proposed project and its alternatives, the regulatory framework, an analysis of the potential impacts and possible mitigative measures which may minimize the impacts
06/14/11 Environmental Assessment Scoping Decision: GRE and MP Savanna 115 kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project | document details
The above-entitled matter came before the Deputy Commission, Department of Commerce for a decision on the scope of the Environmental Assessment to be prepared on the proposed Savanna HVTL Rebuild Project
06/14/11 Notice of Scoping Decision and Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment | document details
The scoping decision for the GRE and MP Savanna 115 kV Transmission Line Rebuild project has been released
06/02/11 Public Comments on the Scope of the Environmental Review Document
OES EFP held a Public Information/Scoping meeting on the Savanna HVTL Rebuild project on May 18, 2011; the comment period allowing the public to submit comments on the scope of the EA was open until June 1, 2011. The following comments were received
04/21/11 NOTICE: Public Information and Environmental Review Scoping Meeting, 115 kV Savanna HVTL Project | document details
The EFP staff will conduct public information and environmental review scoping meetings on May 18, 2011, at the Fine Lakes Township Hall in Wright, MN. Comments will be accepted until June 1, 2011
04/13/11 Public Utilities Commission Order on application acceptance (CON) for the GRE-MP Savanna HVTL Upgrade project | document details
PUC order accepting the application for a CON for the Savanna 115 kV HVTL Upgrade as complete and initiating the informal review process
04/13/11 Public Utilities Commission Notice of Public Comment CON docket | document details
The Commission found GRE-MPs Savanna 115 kV Certificate of Need Application complete on April 13, 2011, and is soliciting written comment on the merits of the proposed project
04/04/11 Public Utilities Commission Order on application acceptance for the GRE-MP Savanna HVTL Upgrade project | document details
PUC order accepting the application for a HVTL Route Permit for the Savanna 115 kV HVTL Upgrade as complete under the alternative review process
03/23/11 OES EFP Comments and Recommendations on Accepting the Savanna Transmission Line Upgrade HVTL Route Permit Application as Complete | document details
Staff recommendations that the Commission accept the application as substantially complete under the Alternative Review Process of the Power Plant Siting Act (Minnesota Statutes 216E.001 to 216E.18)
03/21/11 Notice of Commission Meeting on Completeness of GRE and MP Application for a 115 kV HVTL in St. Louis and Carlton Counties | document details
The Commission will consider completeness of route permit application at its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 9:30 AM
02/17/11 In the Matter of the Application of Great River Energy and Minnesota Power for a Certificate of Need for a 115 kV High Voltage Transmission Line in St. Louis and Carlton Counties - Completeness | document details
The Commission will accept written comments on the completeness of the application through Monday, March 7, 2011, and replies through Friday, March 18, 2011
02/11/11 Application to the MPUC for a Certificate of Need and a HVTL Route Permit
Great River Energy and Minnesota Power (Applicants) are applying to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for a Certificate of Need and a Route Permit to construct the new Savanna 115 kilovolt (kV) Switching Station near Floodwood, Minnesota, and to rebuild approximately 37 total miles of existing 69 kV transmission line to 115 kV specifications

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