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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.
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.
Winter 2016- Spring 2017
Project scheduled to be energized June 2017
Great River Energy submitted a water crossing application with the DNR.
Senior Field Representative
Transmission Permitting Analyst