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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 17-322
Project name Freeborn Wind Transmission Line Project
Applicant Freeborn Wind Energy LLC
Description Freeborn Wind Energy LLC proposes to construct an approximately seven-mile long 161 kilovolt high voltage transmission line to interconnect the proposed Freeborn Wind Farm with the existing Glenworth Substation southeast of Glenville, Minnesota in Freeborn County
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Freeborn County
Docket created: September 13, 2017
Contacts: , , Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
 
Application accepted
 
Public meeting
 
Scoping decision
 
Environmental document available
 
Public hearing
 
Permit issued
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 17-322
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

On September 20, 2017, Freeborn Wind Energy LLC, an affiliate of Invenergy LLC, filed a route permit application to construct an approximately seven miles of new 161 kV transmission line in Freeborn County. The stated need of the project is to interconnect the proposed Freeborn Wind Farm (Docket No. 17-410) with the existing Glenworth Substation located southeast of Glenville. Should the Freeborn Wind Farm not be permitted, the proposed project will not be built.

The applicant indicates an 80 foot right-of-way is necessary for the project, except that a 22-foot right‑of‑way will be used to cross County Road 108 (830th Avenue). Structures will generally be 80 feet tall and span 550 to 900 feet. Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2020, with an in-service date of December 2020. The proposed project is expected to cost approximately $3.7 million.

The project requires a route permit from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission before it may be constructed.

Energy Environmental Review and Analysis staff will prepare an environmental assessment for the project. Once the environmental assessment is available, a public hearing will be held. Upon completion of the public hearing, the Commission will make a route permit decision.

File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
10/24/17 Comments and Recommendations on the Completeness of the Route Permit Application | document details
EERA staff recommends that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission find the Route Permit Application for the Freeborn Wind Energy Transmission Project as substantially complete, but require the Applicant to provide additional information
10/04/17 Notice of Comment Period on Application Completeness for the Freeborn Wind Farm Transmission Project | document details
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is soliciting comments on the completeness of Freeborn Wind Energy LLC's route permit application for the Freeborn Wind Farm Transmission Project. Comments will be accepted through October 24 at 4:30 p.m
09/20/17 Route Permit Application for the Freeborn Wind Transmission Project
Freeborn Wind Energy LLC filed an application for a route permit with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to construct a seven-mile 161 kV transmission line southeast of Glenville, Minnesota in Freeborn County

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