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Energy Facilities Permitting

Energy Facilities Permitting

The Commission’s authority includes granting Certificates of Need and Site or Route Permits for large energy facilities. Applications for projects subject to the Commission’s authority are filed with the Commission in compliance with state statutes and administrative rules. Joint processing of applications for a Certificate of Need and a Site or Route Permit is allowed.

Certificate of Need

A certificate of need (CN) is a document issued by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission that shows there is a need for the power produced.

Certificate of Need

Wind Energy

A site permit issued by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is required for the siting and construction of a large wind energy conversion system with a combined nameplate capacity of five megawatts or more.  

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Transmission Lines

A route permit issued by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is required for the routing and construction of a certain high-voltage transmission lines.

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Power Plants

A site permit issued by the PUC is required for the siting and construction of a large electric power generating plant designed for or capable of operation at a capacity of 50 megawatts or more. The PUC governs the siting and construction of Power Plants in Minnesota.

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Solar Power

A site permit issued by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is required for the siting and construction of a solar energy generating system designed for or capable of operation at a capacity of 50 megawatts or more.  

Solar

Pipelines

A pipeline routing permit issued by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is required for the routing and construction of certain pipelines designed to transport hazardous liquids.  

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