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Great River Energy proposes to build and operate approximately 4.5 miles of new 115‐kilovolt (kV) overhead transmission line, to be known as the “MV‐CDT” line, in southern Scott County. Specifically, the project would provide electric service to the proposed Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC) Cedar Lake distribution substation that would provide electric power to a new pipeline pump station proposed by Minnesota Pipe Line Company (MPL).
Length – 4.5 miles
Voltage – 115 kV
Structures – Existing steel poles
Spans – 700 to 1,000 feet apart
Right of way – Location dependent. 70-foot-wide or
150-foot-wide right of way (35 feet or 75 feet on each side of the centerline).
Will be energized in October 2017.
Public hearings were held for the CapX2020 Brookings County‐Hampton transmission line.
A route permit was issued by Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) on September 14, 2010, for the CapX2020 Brookings County‐ Hampton transmission line.
On February 20, 2015, Great River Energy requested a minor alteration to the Brookings County‐Hampton line to allow construction and operation of the MV‐CDT 115‐kV transmission line on the open position of the CapX2020 structures. The Commission issued an Order approving the minor alteration on May 26, 2015.
This applies to all of the project except for the new MVEC Cedar Lake distribution substation and the approximately 1,100‐foot tap from the CapX2020 structure into the substation.
MVEC and Great River Energy received a Scott County Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the new Cedar Lake Substation and the tap into the substation.
Great River Energy was directed by the Commission to consult with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources concerning any mitigating measures for the Cedar Lake Project, to document that consultation, and to submit it to the Commission.
Peter M. Schaub
Senior Field Representative
Supervisor, Transmission Permitting and Compliance
Transmission – Environmental Permitting