Great River Energy, wholesale electric power supplier to Dakota Electric Association, will be rebuilding its 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission lines located in Dakota County to help ensure continued reliable electric service to co-op customers and prepare for greater electrification in the area. Interested property owners and community members are welcome to attend an open house on Tuesday, July 25, or Wednesday, July 26, to learn more about the project.
Great River Energy proposes to rebuild approximately 8.75 miles of 69-kV electric transmission lines within the cities of Eagan and Burnsville, replacing them with new transmission lines capable of operating at 115-kV. According to Peter Schaub, Great River Energy senior field representative, the Pilot Knob – Burnsville Rebuild Project will enable Great River Energy to maintain reliable and resilient service to electric cooperative members, first by installing new equipment built to modern design standards, and second by increasing the potential capacity to operate at 115-kV in the future.
Schaub said Great River Energy is planning to rebuild the transmission line along the existing centerline. Minor alignment changes may be discussed with individual landowners.
“The open house is an opportunity for property owners and community members to get information about the project and ask any questions they have,” said Schaub. “Property owners along the line may contact us at their convenience to discuss the project.”
An open house will be held Tuesday, July 25, at the Eagan Community Center in Eagan, Minn. Another open house will be held on Wednesday, July 26, at the Diamondhead Education Center in Burnsville, Minn. No formal presentation will be given at either event. Those interested are encouraged to stop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. or from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. either day to learn about the project.
A fact sheet, which includes a detailed map, can be found at greatriverenergy.com/pilotknob.