Great River Energy proposes to build and operate approximately 22.5 miles of new 115-kilovolt (kV) overhead transmission line in southern Hubbard county and northern Wadena county to ensure the reliability of electric service to the members of Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative. As a component of this project, a new substation in the same area as an existing Menahga substation is being proposed to ensure system reliability.

State permitting process

Visit the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s eDockets website anytime to view notices, filings, letters submitted by landowners, correspondence from Great River Energy and more. Select 14 in the “year” field. For the Certificate of Need docket, enter 787 in the “number” field. Then click above on the search button.

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Quick facts

Structure: Primarily wood poles
Right of Way: 100-foot-wide right of way. 50 feet on each side of the centerline
Voltage: 115 kV
Spans: 275 to 400 feet apart
Energization: May 2017
Length: Approximately 22.5 miles
Permits: Minnesota Public Utilities Commission issued a Certificate of Need and Route Permit

Public Meetings

Representatives of Great River Energy and Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative hosted an open house Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, that provided information about the proposed project and heard feedback.



Spring 2016


Fall 2016 to Spring 2017


In progress

Other Info

Project was completed May 2017

Permitting/ environmental approvals

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission issued an order granting the Certificate of Need and Route Permit on March 14, 2016.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission held a meeting Jan. 28, 2016, where they approved the Certificate of Need and Route Permit.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission held a public hearing at on Oct. 19, 2015 at the Menahga Senior Center Administrative Law Judge James Mortenson presided over the hearing.

The Department of Commerce was issued an environmental assessment on Sept. 28, 2015.

The scoping decision was issued by the Department of Commerce on May 26, 2015.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Commerce held a scoping meeting on March 24, 2015.

On May 21, 2015, the Commission approved several additional route alternatives (suggested by landowners) to be evaluated in the environmental assessment.

Great River Energy submitted a Certificate of Need/Route Permit application on Jan. 15, 2015.

Great River Energy held an open house meeting Sept. 30, 2014, to provide information and gather feedback from the public and property owners in the areas of the proposed route.


Project contacts

Michelle Lommel
Senior Field Representative

Carole Schmidt
Supervisor, Transmission Permitting and Compliance

Media contacts

If you are with the media, please contact:

Jennifer Mattson
Twitter: @jennymmattson

Lori Buffington 
Twitter: @lbuffing