Scenic 69-kV transmission line and substation project

Great River Energy is proposing to construct a 69-kV electric transmission line along Itasca County Highway 7 connecting to a new North Itasca Electric Cooperative substation northeast of Brush Shanty Lake. Reliability and low voltage concerns in the Scenic area need to be addressed. Completion of this project is designed to be a long term solution to improve electric delivery and meet new demand and growth for North Itasca Electric Cooperative members.

Quick Facts

Length : 14 miles
Voltage: 69 kV
Structures: Wood poles
Pole heights: 65 to 75 feet (above ground)
Spans: 350 to 400 feet apart
Right of way: 100-foot-wide right of way, 50 feet
on each side of the centerline.



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Public meeting

Representatives of Great River Energy and North Itasca Electric Cooperative, Inc., will host an open house meeting from 4-7 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2017, at the North Itasca Electric Cooperative, Inc., offices. They will provide information about the proposed project and listen to landowners.

Schedule

Easements

Summer 2018

Construction

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020


Permitting/Environmental Approvals

State of Minnesota and Itasca County permitting authorities do not require a route permit or conditional use permit for 69-kV projects. Great River Energy is and will continue to work closely with the U.S. Forest Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Itasca County Land Department to acquire the necessary federal, state and county occupation permits for the proposed route.

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