Palisade 115-kV transmission project

Great River Energy proposes to construct a new overhead 115-kV transmission line and breaker station that is needed to provide electric power to a new petroleum pump station being proposed by Enbridge Energy.

This project is cancelled due to Enbridge Energy’s route change.


Quick Facts

Structure: Wood poles, some specialty poles may also be required
Right of Way: 100-foot-wide right of way, 50 feet on each side of the centerline
Voltage: 115 kV
Spans: 350 to 400 feet apart
Energization: Fall 2019
Length: 13 to 13.5 miles, depending on options
Permits:  The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission must issue a Route Permit before the project can proceed

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Public meetings

An Administrative Law Judge hearing will be held by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission at 6 p.m. on May 5, 2016, at the Waukenabo Town Hall.

Representatives of Great River Energy and Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative held an open house meeting Thursday, May 7, 2015, at the Waukenabo Town Hall and provided information about the proposed project and listened to feedback.



Summer 2018 to Fall 2019


Winter 2018/2019


Fall 2019

Permitting/Environmental Approvals

Issuance of a route permit by the PUC is pending PUC issuance of Enbridge permits.

Public comments were due to the Minnesota public utilities commission by Nov. 10, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

For more information on how to submit written comments, please visit



The Department of Commerce issued an Environmental Assessment April 20, 2016.

Great River Energy held an open house meeting May 7, 2016, to provide information and gather feedback from the public and property owners in the areas of the proposed route.

Great River Energy submitted a Route Permit application in August. Learn more about the permitting process.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Commerce held a scoping meeting Oct. 27, 2016.

Project Contacts

Rick Heuring
Senior Field Representative

Dan Lesher
Leader, Transmission Permitting & Compliance

Media Contacts

If you are with the media, please contact:

Jennifer Mattson
Twitter: @jennymmattson

Lori Buffington 
Twitter: @lbuffing