Great River Energy, wholesale electric supplier to Stearns Electric Association, is proposing to construct 3.2 miles of 115-kV (115,000 volt) transmission line overtaking and replacing an existing 69-kV transmission line. Two substations along the route will require new transformers and electrical apparatus to accept the higher voltage.

Over the last decade, Great River Energy has been upgrading the St. Joseph area to a more reliable 115-kV transmission system. This project will complete the area upgrade and loop the 115-kV system.

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Quick facts

Length: 3.2 miles
Voltage: 115 kV
Structures: Wood poles
Spans: 350 to 400 feet apart
Right-of-way width: 100-foot-wide right of way; 50 feet on each side of the centerline

Open house

A public information open house is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. at the St. Joseph Community Fire Station, 323 4th Ave. NE, St. Joseph, Minnesota.

No formal presentation will be given. Attendees are encouraged to come anytime during the hours indicated.



Fall 2023


Summer 2024

Permitting/ environmental approvals

Great River Energy will submit a route permit application to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC). After application, PUC and Department of Commerce, Energy Environmental Review and Analysis (DOC EERA) staff will facilitate public meetings and provide other opportunities for input from the public and regulatory agencies. The DOC EERA will prepare an environmental assessment for the project. Construction cannot begin until an approved route permit is granted by the PUC.

An amended easement will be required to provide additional rights. Landowners along the proposed transmission line will be contacted to review the project and information will also be shared on tree removal, construction access and restoration of the right of way.

Project contacts

Dale Aukee
Senior Field Representative

Marsha Parlow
Transmission Permitting Specialist

Media contacts

Jennifer Mattson
Twitter: @jennymmattson

Lori Buffington 
Twitter: @lbuffing