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Black Dog Unit 6 Project


Project Docket

Docket No E002/GS-15-834
Project Name Black Dog Unit 6 Project
Applicant Xcel Energy
Description Xcel Energy proposes to construct a 215 MW peaking natural gas-fired combustion turbine at its existing Black Dog Generating Plant in the city of Burnsville in Dakota County
Location Dakota County, Dakota County -- Burnsville City
Contact Bill Storm
bill.storm@state.mn.us
651-539-1844
Status
  • 2015-12-10: Application accepted
  • 2016-01-28: Public meeting
  • 2016-02-23: Scoping decision
  • 2016-05-25: Environmental document available
  • 2016-06-16: Public hearing
  • 2016-09-26: Permit issued
  • Upcoming: Project built
  • Upcoming: Docket closed
eDockets 15-834

Project Summary

Xcel Energy proposes to construct a 215 MW natural gas-fired combustion turbine unit at its existing Black Dog Generating Plant in the city of Burnsville in Dakota County, Minnesota. The applicant's stated purpose is to ensure reliable 115 kV peaking power supply to the Twin Cities metropolitan area utilizing existing transmission infrastructure.

The proposed project will use natural gas as a fuel source. Any needed improvements to gas pipeline(s) and associated approvals will be the responsibility of the gas supplier and are not a part of this project. The applicant proposes to utilize existing infrastructure to the greatest extent possible, including using an existing powerhouse building to house the unit.

Construction is anticipated to begin in June 2016, with a projected date of commercial operation beginning in March 2018. 

Key Project Documents

Date Title Description
05/25/2016 Environmental Assessment for the Black Dog Unit 6 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
10/15/2015 Site Permit Application for the Black Dog 6 Project Xcel Energy filed an application for a site permit with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to construct a 215 MW natural gas-fired combustion turbine unit at its existing Black Dog Generating Plant in the city of Burnsville in Dakota County, Minnesota

Project Documents