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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.

For more information about participating in the permitting of this project, click on the How to Participate tab, or contact the environmental review manager or public advisor listed below.

Project Docket

Docket No ET2, E015/TL-14-797
Project name Menahga Area 115 kV Transmission Line Project
Applicant Great River Energy; Minnesota Power
Description 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
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Becker County; Hubbard County; Wadena County
Docket created: September 25, 2014
Contacts: Ray Kirsch, 651-539-1841, Environmental Review Manager.
, , Public Advisor.
Status:
 
03-18-2015
Application accepted
 
03-24-2015
Public meeting
 
05-26-2015
Scoping decision
 
09-28-2015
Environmental document available
 
10-19-2015
Public hearing
 
11-18-2015
ALJ report issued
 
03-14-2016
Permit issued
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 14-797
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

Great River Energy and Minnesota Power (applicants) have proposed to construct approximately 22.5 miles of new 115 kV transmission line in the counties of Becker, Hubbard, and Wadena.  The project includes the construction of three new substations and the modification of two existing substations. 

The applicants indicate that the new 115 kV transmission line poles will range in height from 60 to 90 feet, with a span between poles of 275 to 400 feet.  The applicants have requested a 100 foot right-of-way (easement) for the transmission line (50 feet on each side of the transmission line centerline). 

The proposed project requires two approvals from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) before it may be constructed -- a certificate of need (CN) and a route permit.  The applicants filed a joint CN and route permit application with the Commission in January 2015.   

Department of Commerce, Energy Environmental Review and Analysis staff prepared an environmental assessment for the project.  An administrative law judge from the Office of Administrative Hearings held a public hearing.  Upon completion of the environmental review and hearing process, the Commission issued a certificate of need and route permit for the project on March 14, 2016.

The applicants began construction of the project in spring 2016; the project was energized in May 2017.

This project docket page includes information on the route permitting process, but also includes, as appropriate, information related to the CN process.  Additional information on the CN process can be found on the eDockets website: CN-14-787.  

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
03/14/16 Commission Order Issuing a Certificate of Need and Route Permit for the Menahga Area 115 kV Project | document details
Commission order issuing a certificate of need and route permit. Includes the Commission's order, findings of fact, route permit, and maps
03/14/16 Route Permit for the Menahga Area 115 kV Project | document details
The route permit issued by the Commission for the Menahga Area 115 kV transmission line project. Includes route permit text and maps
09/28/15 Environmental Assessment for Menahga Area 115 kV Project
The environmental assessment (EA) evaluates the potential human and environmental impacts of the project and possible mitigation measures, including route and site alternatives. The EA also evaluates alternatives to the project itself
01/15/15 Menahga Area 115 kV Joint Certificate of Need and Route Permit Application
The certificate of need and route permit application submitted by Great River Energy and Minnesota Power for the Menahga Area 115 kV transmission line project
File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
04/26/16 EERA Comments and Recommendations on Proposed Minor Alteration of the Menahga Area 115 kV Project | document details
EERA staff comments and recommendations on the applicants' proposed minor alteration. EERA staff recommends that the Commission approve the applicants' proposed route modifications and authorize a minor alteration of the route permit
04/12/16 Notice of Comment Period for Proposed Minor Alteration of the Menahga Area 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has opened a comment period for a proposed minor alteration of the Menahga Area 115 kV project. The minor alteration consists of two modifications of the permitted route. Comments will be accepted through April 26, 2016
03/14/16 Route Permit for the Menahga Area 115 kV Project | document details
The route permit issued by the Commission for the Menahga Area 115 kV transmission line project. Includes route permit text and maps
03/14/16 Commission Order Issuing a Certificate of Need and Route Permit for the Menahga Area 115 kV Project | document details
Commission order issuing a certificate of need and route permit. Includes the Commission's order, findings of fact, route permit, and maps
12/08/15 EERA Comments and Recommendations on Proposed Findings and Conclusions for the Menahga Area 115 kV Project | document details
EERA staff comments on the applicants' proposed findings and conclusions for the project, applicants' proposed permit revisions, and public comments on the project
11/18/15 Administrative Law Judge's Summary of Public Testimony for the Menahga Area 115 kV Project | document details
The administrative law judge's summary of public testimony from the public hearing for the project
10/02/15 Notice of Public Hearing for Menahga Area 115 kV Project | document details
A public hearing for the Menahga Area 115 kV project will be held Monday, October 19, 2015, at 6:00 pm at the Menahga Senior Center in Menahga, Minn. Comments on the project will be accepted through November 2, 2015
09/29/15 Notice of Environmental Assessment Availability for the Menahga Area 115 kV Project | document details
The Department of Commerce has issued the environmental assessment (EA) for the Menahga Area 115 kV project. The EA evaluates the potential human and environmental impacts of the project and possible mitigation measures, including route and site alternatives
09/28/15 Environmental Assessment for Menahga Area 115 kV Project
The environmental assessment (EA) evaluates the potential human and environmental impacts of the project and possible mitigation measures, including route and site alternatives. The EA also evaluates alternatives to the project itself
05/26/15 Notice of Environmental Assessment Scoping Decision for Menahga Area 115 kV Project | document details
The Department of Commerce has issued the scoping decision for the environmental assessment (EA) that will be prepared for the proposed Menahga Area 115 kV project. The EA is scheduled to be issued in September 2015
05/26/15 Environmental Assessment Scoping Decision for Menahga Area 115 kV Project | document details
The scoping decision issued by the Department of Commerce for the environmental assessment (EA) that will be prepared for the project. The scoping decision identifies the route and site alternatives that will be examined in the EA and those alternatives that will not be addressed
05/18/15 EERA Supplemental Comments on Hearing Processes for the Menahga Area 115 kV Project | document details
EERA staff comments on hearing processes that may be used for the project, including hearing process timelines
05/06/15 EERA Comments and Recommendations on Scoping Process and Alternatives for Inclusion in the Scope of the Environmental Assessment (EA) | document details
EERA staff comments on the Menahga Area 115 kV project EA scoping process, the route and site alternatives proposed during this process, and those alternatives that EERA staff intends to recommend for inclusion in the scope of the EA
04/14/15 Written Comments Received on the Scope of the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Menahga Area 115 kV Project | document details
Written comments received on the scope of the EA, including agency and citizen comments
04/14/15 Oral Comments Received on the Scope of the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Menahga Area 115 kV Project | document details
Oral comments received at the public information and scoping meeting held on March 24, 2015, in the city of Menahga
03/24/15 Public Meeting Handouts
Handouts provided to persons attending the March 24, 2015, public information and scoping meeting in Menahga, Minn
03/18/15 Commission Order Accepting Application as Complete | document details
Commission order accepting the joint certificate of need and route permit application for the Menahga Area 115 kV project as complete, and approving joint hearings and combined environmental review
02/27/15 Notice of Public Information and Scoping Meeting for the Menahga Area 115 kV Transmission Line Project | document details
A public information and scoping meeting will be held Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at the Menahga Senior Center in Menahga, Minn. Public comments on the scope of the environmental assessment that will be prepared for the project will be accepted through April 10, 2015.
02/04/15 EERA Application Acceptance Recommendations -- Menahga Area 115 kV | document details
EERA staff recommends that the Commission accept the joint certificate of need and route permit application for the project as complete. Additionally, EERA staff recommends that the Commission take no action on an advisory task force at this time.
01/21/15 Notice of Comment Period on the Completeness of Certificate of Need and Route Permit Application | document details
Notice that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is soliciting comments on the completeness of the application for the Menahga Area 115 kV transmission line project
01/15/15 Menahga Area 115 kV Joint Certificate of Need and Route Permit Application
The certificate of need and route permit application submitted by Great River Energy and Minnesota Power for the Menahga Area 115 kV transmission line project

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