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Title: Certificate of Need
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Description: Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
Subject: Energy Facilities
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:11:37 PM
Modification Date: 9/11/2019 12:53:56 PM
Agency Name: Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Minnesota
Agency URL:
Agency Description: The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regulates three service industries in Minnesota, electricity, natural gas, and telephone. It is the commission's responsibility to ensure that vendors of these services provide safe, adequate, and reliable service at fair, reasonable rates.
Agency Phone: 651-296-7124
Agency Fax: 651-297-7073
Agency URL:
Agency Address:
121 7th Place East, Suite 350

St. Paul
MN 55101-2147

Audience: Hold Application URL:
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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.

Rules: 7849
7829.0100 - . 3200

Statutes: 216B.243


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.

Period of Issuance:

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).

Length of Determination: The statute provides an advisory deadline of twelve months (from the time a complete application is filed until a written decision is rendered). The Commission may extend this time period for just cause.
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Activity: Energy Facilities
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