Great River Energy is proposing to relocate approximately 2.5 miles of its “BE-WCT” 69-kV transmission line near the crossing of the Blue Earth River due to bank erosion caused by persistent flooding. The “BE-WCT” line runs west from Amboy and supplies power to the Willow Creek Substation owned by BENCO Electric Cooperative.

The Blue Earth River is experiencing some dramatic erosion and is endangering the integrity of the existing transmission line. Great River Energy relocated poles in 2015 due to erosion, these poles are again being threatened. The continued flooding and bank erosion have made it necessary to find a new path across the Blue Earth River.

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Quick facts

Length: 2.25 miles

Voltage: 69 kV

Structures: Wood poles

Spans: 350 to 400 feet apart

Right of way: 70-foot-wide right of way; 35 feet
on each side of the centerline.

Schedule

Easements

Fall 2020

Construction

Fall 2021


Permitting/ environmental approvals

Great River Energy will apply for the required conditional use permit from Blue Earth County. Additionally, Great River Energy will work with state and federal agencies to secure any required permits.

Project contacts

Dale Aukee
Sr. Field Representative
612-840-4019
daukee@grenergy.com

Marsha Parlow
Transmission Permitting Specialist
612-345-1212
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