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This webpage contains information and documents related to the permitting of this project by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Every project before the Commission has an electronic docket (eDocket), a file folder for all of the project's documents.

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 14-21
Project name Minnesota Power Great Northern Transmission Line Project (Routing)
Applicant Minnesota Power
Description 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
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Beltrami County; Clearwater County; Itasca County; Kittson County; Koochiching County; Lake of the Woods County; Marshall County; Pennington County; Roseau County
Docket created: April 15, 2014
Contacts: Bill Storm, 651-539-1844, Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
eDockets 14-21
Mailing list Contact the Public Utilies Commission at docketing.puc@state.mn.us or 651-201-2204 or 1-800-657-3782 to sign up.
Project Summary

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
04/11/16 Public Utilities Commission Order - GNTL Final Decision
On February 26, 2016, the Commission met to consider Minnesota Power's route permit application for the GNTL
10/30/15 Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Great Northern Transmission Line | document details
The Department of Commerce has issued the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the GNTL project.The FEIS responds to the comments received on the draft EIS for the project. The FEIS will be used by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in deciding whether to issue a route permit for the project.
10/30/15 Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Great Northern Transmission Line
The Department of Commerce has issued the final Environmental Impact Statement for the GNTL project. The final environmental impact statement (FEIS) analyzes the potential human and environmental impacts of the project and measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate these impacts. It analyzes route alternatives that could be used for the project and provides a comparative analysis of routing options. The FEIS responds to the comments received on the draft EIS for this project
06/19/15 Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Great Northern Transmission Line Project
The draft environmental impact statement (EIS) evaluates the potential human and environmental impacts of the proposed project and possible mitigation measures including route alternatives. The EIS is issued in draft form so that it may be improved by public comment. A final EIS will be developed based on comments received during the comment period on the draft EIS.
File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
04/12/16 Public Notice - GNTL Project - Public Utilities Commission Final Decision | document details
On April 8, 2016, the Public Utilities Commission published an ORDER ISSUING ROUTE PERMIT (Order) to Minnesota Power for the Great Northern 500 kV Transmission Line Project
04/11/16 Public Utilities Commission Order - GNTL Final Decision
On February 26, 2016, the Commission met to consider Minnesota Power's route permit application for the GNTL
01/04/16 ALJ Report - Great Northern Transmission Line | document details
ALJ's report including Findings of Fact, Conclusion of Law, and Recommendations
10/30/15 Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Great Northern Transmission Line
The Department of Commerce has issued the final Environmental Impact Statement for the GNTL project. The final environmental impact statement (FEIS) analyzes the potential human and environmental impacts of the project and measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate these impacts. It analyzes route alternatives that could be used for the project and provides a comparative analysis of routing options. The FEIS responds to the comments received on the draft EIS for this project
10/30/15 Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Great Northern Transmission Line | document details
The Department of Commerce has issued the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the GNTL project.The FEIS responds to the comments received on the draft EIS for the project. The FEIS will be used by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in deciding whether to issue a route permit for the project.
07/23/15 Notice of Public Hearings: An Adminnistrative Law Judge will preside over a series of Public Hearings Begining August 5, 2015, on Minnesota Power's application for a HVTL route permit for the GNTL project | document details
The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will use all information presented at the public hearings and entered into the record of this case, including public comments, to write a report for the Commission. The ALJ Report will include findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommendations including preferred route alternatives and conditions or provisions for the route permit. Written comments will be accepted by the ALJ through September 1, 2015
06/19/15 Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Public DEIS Meetings for the Great Northern Transmission Line | document details
The Department of Commerce has issued the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project. The draft EIS evaluates the potential human and environmental impacts of the project. Public information meetings will be held the weeks of July 13th and 20th in the cities of Roseau, Baudette, Littlefork, International Falls, Kelliher, Bigfork and Grand Rapids. Comments on the draft EIS will be accepted through August 10, 2015. Comments on the draft EIS will be used to prepare a final EIS for the project.
06/19/15 Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Great Northern Transmission Line Project
The draft environmental impact statement (EIS) evaluates the potential human and environmental impacts of the proposed project and possible mitigation measures including route alternatives. The EIS is issued in draft form so that it may be improved by public comment. A final EIS will be developed based on comments received during the comment period on the draft EIS.
01/09/15 EIS Scoping Decision: Great Northern Transmission Line
The deputy commissioner of the Department of Commerce has issued a decision on the scope of the environmental impact statement (EIS) to be prepared for the Great Northern Transmission Line (GNTL) project proposed by Minnesota Power (MP) in Roseau, Lake of the Woods, Beltrami, Koochiching and Itasca counties, Minnesota.
01/09/15 Public Notice: Notice of Environmental Impact Statement Scoping Decision | document details
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Minnesota Department of Commerce has issued the scoping decision for the EIS to be prepared for the proposed Great Northern Transmission Line project in Roseau, Lake of the Woods, Beltrami, Koochiching, and Itasca County, Minnesota
12/05/14 DOC EERA Comments and Recommendations: Review of Alternative Routes for the Great Northern Transmission Line Project | document details
In compliance with the Commission’s Order of July 2, 2014, the Department Energy Environmental Review and Analysis staff is providing the Commission with a summary of the Public Information and Scoping meetings and the recommended route alternatives to facilitate Commission input to the Commissioner of Department of Commerce on the scope of the environmental impact statement
11/14/14 Minnesota Power's Response to the Great Northern Transmission Line Scoping Summary Report | document details
Document covers Minnesota Power’s response to the November 2014 Scoping Summary Report prepared for the US DOE and the Minnesota DOC EERA for the Great Northern Transmission Line Environmental Impact Statement
11/07/14 Scoping Summary Report for Minnesota Power's Great Northern Transmission Line
This Scoping Summary Report describes the public involvement activities conducted as part of the scoping process for the proposed GNTL project, and summarizes public comments that were receivedduring the scoping period.
08/15/14 Public Comments - EIS Scoping Great Northern Transmission Line project
The EERA staff held a Public Information/Scoping meetings on the MP GNTL project during the weeks of July 14th and 21st, 2014; the comment period allowing the public to submit comments on the scope of the EIS was open until August 15, 2014. The following comments were received
07/02/14 Commission Order Regarding Application Completeness | document details
Commission order accepting the Minnesota Power Great Northern Transmission Line route application as complete, authorizing environmental review under the full permitting process, and referring the application to the Office of Administrative Hearings for contested case proceedings
07/01/14 Great Northern Transmission Line Draft Scoping Document | document details
This Draft Scoping Document is intended to advise the public of the scoping process and the process for the preparation of the Environmental Review document. The Scoping Decision will identify for the public the issues and alternatives that the Department of Commerce has determined are appropriate for inclusion in the environmental review document
06/19/14 Notice: Public Information and Environmental Review Scoping Meeting, MP Great Northern Transmission Line Project | document details
The PUC and DOC EERA will conduct public information and environmental review scoping meetings on July 16, 17, 23, and 24, 2014, at various locations across northern Minnesota. Comments will be accepted until August 15, 2014
05/16/14 EERA Staff Comments and Recomendation - Minnesota Power GNTL Project RPA Application Acceptance | document details
EERA recommends the Commission accept the Application as complete and determine that an advisory task force is warranted
04/21/14 HVTL Route Permit Application - Minnesota Power's Great Northern Transmission Line Project
Minnesota Power (MP) submitted an application to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for a HVTL Route Permit under the full permitting process for the proposed relocation of MP GNTL HVTL project
04/18/14 Notice of Comment Period on the GNTL Route Permit Application Acceptance | document details
The Commission is soliciting comments on whether the application contains the contents required by Minnesota Rule 7850.1900 and whether an advisory task force should be appointed. Initial comments will be considered if received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014. Reply comments will be considered if received by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2014

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