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Elko, New Market and Cleary Areas 115 kV Transmission Upgrade


Project Docket

Docket No ET2/TL-12-1245
Project Name Elko, New Market and Cleary Areas 115 kV Transmission Upgrade
Applicant Great River Energy
Description 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
Location Rice County, Scott County
Contact David Birkholz
david.birkholz@state.mn.us
Status
  • 2013-09-09: Application accepted
  • 2013-10-01: Public meeting
  • 2013-11-27: Scoping decision
  • 2014-02-21: Environmental document available
  • 2014-03-04: Public hearing
  • 2014-08-05: Certificate of Need issued
  • 2014-08-05: Permit issued
  • 2016-08-25: Project built
  • Upcoming: Docket closed
eDockets 12-1245

Project Summary

  Completed   Energized
Prior Lake Junction to Credit River Junction February 2016 March 4, 2016
Credit River Tap to Credit River Junction January 2016 January 25, 2016
Elko Substation to New Market Substation August 2016 August 25, 2016
New Market Substation to Veseli Segment November 2015 December 16, 2015
Xcel Structure #34 to Credit River Substation Segment May 2018 May 11 2018

 


Great River Energy, a Minnesota cooperative corporation, is proposing a 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission line project in the townships of Cedar Lake, Credit River, Spring Lake, and New Market and the city of Prior Lake in Scott County, and Wheatland Township in Rice County, Minnesota. Great River Energy will file applications for a Certificate of Need (see eDockets 12-1235) and Route Permit with the Public Utilities Commission to:

  • Rebuild approximately 3.5 miles of the existing Great River Energy single circuit 69 kV “MV-PN” line to 115 kV standards from Prior Lake Junction south to Credit River Junction;

  • Rebuild approximately 0.9 mile of the existing Great River Energy single circuit 69 kV “MV-CR” line to single circuit 115 kV standards with 69 kV underbuild from Credit River Junction west to MVEC’s Cleary Lake Substation;

  • Rebuild approximately 1.3 miles of the existing Great River Energy single circuit 69 kV MV-CR line to 115 kV standards northwest from MVEC’s Cleary Lake Substation to Xcel Energy’s Credit River Substation;

  • Rebuild approximately 5.6 miles of the existing Great River Energy single circuit 69 kV MV-PN (north of Elko Substation to New Market Substation). line to 115 kV standards (from intersection of County Road 62 and Natchez Avenue, south along Natchez to 250th Street, then west to Panama Avenue); and

  • Construct approximately 5.4 miles of new double circuit transmission line from the MV-PN line to Xcel Energy’s Veseli 69 kV breaker station.

According to Great River Energy, the Project must be complete by 2016 to address overloads that have been identified in the Project area, although operation of the system at 115 kV is not anticipated until 2022

Key Project Documents

Date Title Description
08/05/2014 Commission Order Issuing a Certificate of Need for Elko New Market-Cleary Lake 115 kV Transmission Project The Commission has authorized the construction of the Great River Energy 69 to 115 kV upgrade and new 115 kV double circuit HVTL project in Scott and Rice counties (12-1235)
08/05/2014 Commission Order Issuing a Route Permit for Elko New Market-Cleary Lake 115 kV Transmission Project The Commission has authorized a route and conditions for the Great River Energy 69 to 115 kV upgrade and new 115 kV double circuit HVTL project in Scott and Rice counties
02/21/2014 EA for the Elko New Market Cleary Lake Areas 115 kV Transmission Line Project EERA has released the Environmental Assessment for the Great River Energy 69 to 115 kV upgrade and new 115 kV double circuit HVTL project in Scott and Rice counties
06/20/2013 Joint CN and Route Permit Application for the Great River Energy Elko-New Market-Cleary Lake Project GRE has submitted an application for need and routing for 115 kV rebuilds and new 115 kV transmission lines in Scott and Rice counties

Project Documents