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Motley Area 115 kV Project


Project Docket

Docket No 15-204
Project Name Motley Area 115 kV Project
Applicant Great River Energy; Minnesota Power
Description Great River Energy (GRE) and Minnesota Power (MP) are proposing to construct the Motley Area 115 kV Project, a 115 kilovolt (kV) high voltage transmission line (HVTL) and associated facilities near the city of Motley in Morrison, Cass and Todd counties.
Location Cass County, Morrison County, Todd County
Contact Richard Davis
richard.davis@state.mn.us
Status
  • 2015-04-30: Application accepted
  • 2015-05-19: Public meeting
  • 2015-07-14: Scoping decision
  • 2015-11-16: Environmental document available
  • 2015-11-19: Public hearing
  • 2015-12-29: ALJ report issued
  • 2016-03-23: Permit issued
  • Upcoming: Project built
  • Upcoming: Docket closed
eDockets 15-204

Project Summary

Great River Energy (GRE) and Minnesota Power (MP) are proposing to construct a 115 kilovolt (kV) high voltage transmission line (HVTL) and associated facilities near the city of Motley in Morrison, Cass and Todd counties. The Motley Area 115 kV Project consists of 15.5 to 16.5 miles of new single circuit 115 kv HVTL starting at a new Crow Wing Power (CWP) Fish Trap Lake Substation and connects to the existing MP "24 Line" transmission line; it will be renamed "155 Line" after project completion. The CWP Fish Trap Lake Substation will serve the new Minnesota Pipe Line Company (MPL) Fish Trap pump station. The Project also includes upgrades to the existing Motley Substation from a 34.5 kV service to a 115 kV service and the addition of a three way switch to allow for the future CWP Shamineau Substation. Additionally, a more reliable ring bus breaker design will be added to the existing MP Dog Lake Substation and a one-half mile connecting transmission line from the substation to the MP "24 Line" will be constructed as part of the Project. The Motley Area 115 kV project is intended to provide transmission system reliability in the area as well as to serve the proposed new CWP Substation.

Key Project Documents

Date Title Description
01/13/2016 DOC-EERA Comments and Recommendations on Proposed Findings and Conclusions The DOC-EERA provides comments and recommendations with regard to the proposed Findings of Fact (FOF) and conclusions for the Motley Area Transmission Line Project. This document also provides DOC-EERA staff responses to questions and comments on the Environmental Assessment (EA) received during the Public Hearing and the Public Hearing open public comment period
11/16/2015 Environmental Assessment for the Motley Area 115 kV Transmission Line Project The Environmental Assessment is a written document developed and prepared by EERA that contains an overview of the resources and potential human and environmental impacts and mitigation measures associated with the proposed project
07/14/2015 Motley Area 115 kV HVTL Project - Environmental Assessment Scoping Decision DOC-EERA has issued a Scoping Decision for the Environmental Assessment to be completed for the Motley Area 115 kV
06/22/2015 DOC-EERA Comments and Recommendations on EA Scoping Alternatives DOC-EERA provided comments and recommendations on alternatives to be included in the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Motley Area 115 kV transmission line project.
06/16/2015 Motley Area 115 kV HVTL - Written agency and public comments Written comments submitted by state agencies, federal agencies, and the public regarding the scope of Environmental Assessment.

Project Documents