The Applicant must describe the proposed facility and its probable location, indicate forecast information upon which the alleged need is based, discuss possible alternatives and why they were rejected, and provide environmental information related to construction and operation of the proposed facility.
The specific requirements are quite detailed and vary by type of facility.
Application requirements, procedural information, required fees, and the criteria for assessment of need are given in Minn. Rules 7849 (power plants and transmission lines), Minn. Rules 7851 (gas storage and gas pipelines), Minn. Rules 7853 (petroleum pipelines), and Minn. Rules 7855.(fuel conversion facilities, coal liquids pipelines, nuclear fuel processing facilities, and nuclear waste storage or disposal facilities); In addition, certain sections of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, Minn. Rules 7829.3200 (especially part Minn. Rules 7829.2500) also apply.
See Minn. Stat. § 216B.2421, subd. 2 which defines "large energy facility".
See Minn. Stat. § 216B.2425, which has information regarding the alternative review procedure for determining need for transmission lines.
There are no guidebooks or brochures available providing additional information on the certificate of need process. However, depending upon the type of facility, the Commission may be able to direct an applicant to other applications that can serve as a guidebook.
There is no form to fill out. Rather, an applicant is expected to respond to the rule requirements specified in Minn. Rules 7849.0200
The fees vary by type of facility, as does the amount that must accompany the application. The fee rules are Minn. Rules 7849.0210, Minn. Rules 7851.0210, Minn. Rules 7853.0210, and Minn. Rules 7855.0210
The Commission will bill an applicant for additional costs beyond the set fees.
Additional fees may be required to cover costs of any rehearing.
The certificate of need is a construction permit, not an operating permit. As a result, the permit does not expire or have to be renewed (although the Commission possibly could withdraw a certificate of need if construction does not commence within a reasonable, but unspecified, amount of time).