Lebanon Hills Area 115-kV Project

Great River Energy is proposing improvements to the transmission system in Eagan, Minn., to accommodate future reconfiguration of Great River Energy’s Pilot Knob Substation and upgrades to the existing 69-kilovolt (kV) system. The Lebanon Hills Project (see map on back) will be constructed as described below:

  • Rebuild the existing Dakota Electric Association Lebanon Hills Substation to facilitate 115-kV service.
  • Rebuild approximately 0.85 mile of the existing Great River Energy DA-LE 69-kV transmission line to a 115-kV double circuit along Cliff Road.
  • Rebuild approximately 0.5 mile of Xcel Energy’s existing 69-kV “0703” line to 115-kV double circuit line in Eagan.

These improvements, along with a small project in Burnsville, will allow Great River Energy to retire multiple miles of its 69-kV lines in the area, and will result in more reliable electric service for the area, provide the framework for 115-kV operations in the future, and provide the transmission infrastructure necessary to allow reconfiguration/improvement of Great River Energy’s Pilot Knob Substation after these improvements are complete.

Quick Facts

Transmission line length: 1.35 miles
Voltage: 115 kV
Structures: 60 to 90-foot tall single wood or steel poles
Span length: 200 to 400 feet apart
Right-of-way width: 70 feet, 35 feet on each side of the transmission line
Permits: CUP from city of Eagan; Dakota County Parks and Highway Departments

View Map & Fact Sheet

Public meeting

Representatives of Great River Energy and Dakota Electric Association, will host an open house meeting from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2017, at the Eagan Room at Eagan City Hall, 3830 Pilot Knob Rd., Eagan, MN. They will provide information about the proposed project and listen to landowners.








Other Info

Local Permitting Oct 2017 - Feb 2018

Permitting/Environmental Approvals

Great River Energy will seek a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the project from the city of Eagan. In this permitting process, the public is encouraged to provide feedback on the project and will have the opportunity to comment at several stages during the process.

Project Contacts

Dan Lesher
Senior Field Representative


Carole Schmidt
Supervisor, Transmission Permitting and Compliance

Media Contacts

Jennifer Mattson
Twitter: @jennymmattson

Lori Buffington
Twitter: @lbuffing