Great River Energy, wholesale electric supplier to Stearns Electric Association, is proposing to rebuild 3.2 miles of its “ST-WS” 69-kV (69,000 volt) transmission line increasing the voltage to 115 kV. The proposal also includes modifying two substations 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



Winter 2021


Fall 2021

Permitting/ environmental approvals

Great River Energy will apply for a conditional use permit (CUP) from the City of St. Joseph. This project is applicable under Minnesota Statue 216E.05 Subd. 2(3) for local review. Great River Energy will work with state and federal agencies to secure any required permits.

Landowners along the proposed transmission line rebuild will be contacted to discuss the project, tree removal, an easement amendment and compensation. An amended easement will be requested to provide the additional rights needed to rebuild the transmission line.

Project contacts

Dale Aukee
Senior Field Representative

Marsha Parlow
Transmission Permitting Specialist

Media contacts

Jennifer Mattson
Twitter: @jennymmattson

Lori Buffington 
Twitter: @lbuffing