Quarry 115-kV transmission project

Great River Energy, wholesale power provider to Stearns Electric Association, is proposing to construct a new overhead 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Stearns County. This project will strengthen the area’s electric transmission system, improve reliability and guard against overloading and voltage collapse in the Greater St. Cloud area.

The area’s existing transmission system is at risk during an unexpected outage or scheduled maintenance. If an additional outage occurs the area’s electric demand cannot be sustained. This situation could potentially produce blackouts both locally and in a wider geographical area as far as Little Falls and Long Prairie. Completion of this project will minimize the operational concerns during an outage.

Quick Facts

Structure: Wood poles
Right-of-way: 120-foot-wide right-of-way. 60 feet on each side of the centerline
Voltage: 115 kV
Spans: 400-500 feet apart
Energization: May 2017
Permits: All local permits have been approved for the route. Conditional Use Permit approved from Stearns County, St. Joseph Township and the City of St. Joseph Great River Energy will seek DNR and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits for water crossing and wetland concerns.

 



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Schedule

Easements

2015

Construction

Winter 2016- Spring 2017

Restoration

Spring 2017

Other Info

Project scheduled to be energized June 2017


Permitting/Environmental Approvals

Great River Energy submitted a water crossing application with the DNR.

Project Contacts

Dale Aukee
Senior Field Representative
763-445-5978
daukee@grenergy.com

Marsha Parlow
Transmission Permitting Analyst
763-445-5215
mparlow@grenergy.com

Media Contacts

Jennifer Mattson
jmattson@grenergy.com
763-445-5722
Twitter: @jennymmattson

Lori Buffington
lbuffington@grenergy.com 
763-445-5714
Twitter: @lbuffing