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Great River Energy is proposing improvements to the transmission system in Eagan, Minn., to accommodate future reconfiguration of Great River Energy’s Pilot Knob Substation and upgrades to the existing 69-kilovolt (kV) system. The Lebanon Hills Project (see map on back) will be constructed as described below:
These improvements, along with a small project in Burnsville, will allow Great River Energy to retire multiple miles of its 69-kV lines in the area, and will result in more reliable electric service for the area, provide the framework for 115-kV operations in the future, and provide the transmission infrastructure necessary to allow reconfiguration/improvement of Great River Energy’s Pilot Knob Substation after these improvements are complete.
Great River Energy is working collaboratively with Dakota County Parks staff to come to an agreement about how to best serve Lebanon Hills Regional Park. In lieu of typical easement compensation, Great River Energy has offered Dakota County Parks:
Great River Energy will continue to work with the Park board to best serve the needs of Lebanon Hills Regional Park and the project.
The project’s other benefits to the Eagan community include:
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Transmission line length: 1.35 miles
Voltage: 115 kV
Structures: 60 to 90-foot tall single wood or steel poles
Span length: 200 to 400 feet apart
Right-of-way width: 70 feet, 35 feet on each side of the transmission line
Permits: CUP from city of Eagan; Dakota County Parks and Highway Departments
Representatives of Great River Energy and Dakota Electric Association, hosted an open house meeting on Nov. 28, 2017. They provided information about the proposed project and listened to landowners.
Local Permitting April 2018
Great River Energy will seek a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the project from the city of Eagan. In this permitting process, the public is encouraged to provide feedback on the project and will have the opportunity to comment at several stages during the process.