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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 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.
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Cass County; Morrison County; Todd County
Docket created: March 27, 2015
Contacts: , , Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
 
04-30-2015
Application accepted
 
05-19-2015
Public meeting
 
07-14-2015
Scoping decision
 
11-16-2015
Environmental document available
 
11-19-2015
Public hearing
 
12-29-2015
ALJ report issued
 
03-23-2016
Permit issued
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 15-204
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 (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.

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
01/13/16 DOC-EERA Comments and Recommendations on Proposed Findings and Conclusions | document details
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
06/22/15 DOC-EERA Comments and Recommendations on EA Scoping Alternatives | document details
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.
06/16/15 Motley Area 115 kV HVTL - Written agency and public comments | document details
Written comments submitted by state agencies, federal agencies, and the public regarding the scope of Environmental Assessment.
11/16/15 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
07/14/15 Motley Area 115 kV HVTL Project - Environmental Assessment Scoping Decision | document details
DOC-EERA has issued a Scoping Decision for the Environmental Assessment to be completed for the Motley Area 115 kV
File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
01/13/16 DOC-EERA Comments and Recommendations on Proposed Findings and Conclusions | document details
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
11/16/15 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
07/15/15 Motley Area 115 kV HVTL Project - Notice of Environmental Assessment Scoping Decision | document details
Please take notice that the Department of Commerce Deputy Commissionr has issued his Scoping Decision for the Environmental Assessment to be completed for the Motley Area 115 kV HVTL Project in Morrison, Cass, and Todd Counties
07/14/15 Motley Area 115 kV HVTL Project - Environmental Assessment Scoping Decision | document details
DOC-EERA has issued a Scoping Decision for the Environmental Assessment to be completed for the Motley Area 115 kV
06/22/15 DOC-EERA Comments and Recommendations on EA Scoping Alternatives | document details
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.
06/16/15 Motley Area 115 kV HVTL - Written agency and public comments | document details
Written comments submitted by state agencies, federal agencies, and the public regarding the scope of Environmental Assessment.
05/20/15 Motley Area 115 kV Public Information and Scoping Meeting Notes and Oral Comments | document details
Meeting notes, including oral comments received, during the Tuesday, May 19th Public Information and EA Scoping meeting held in Motley, Minnesota
05/01/15 Motley Area 115 kV HVTL Project - Notice of Public Information and Environmental Assessment Scoping Meeting | document details
DOC-EERA and the Public Utilities Commission will hold a Public Information and EA Scoping Meeting on May 19, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Motley Staples Middle School Cafeteria, 132 1st Avenue South in Motley, MN. The public is invited to provide comments on the scope of the EA that will be completed for the Motley Area 115 kV Project. Additionally, comments will be accepted through June 3, 2015 and can be provided via online, email, U.S. mail, or fax, as identified in the Public Notice document.
03/23/15 Motley Area 115 kV Project - Notice of Comment Period on Completeness of the Certificate of Need and Route Permit Application | document details
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has issued a notice requesting comments on the completeness of the Certificate of Need and Route Permit Application for the Motley Area 115 kV Project
03/19/15 Motley Area 115 kV Project - Application for a Certificate of Need and Route Permit
Great River Energy and Minnesota Power have filed a joint Application for a Certificate of Need and a Route Permit for the Motley Area 115 kV Project in Morrison, Cass, and Todd counties, Minnesota

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