Great River Energy, wholesale electric supplier to Stearns Electric Association, is proposing to replace a 3.2-mile, 69-kV (69,000 volt) transmission line and rebuild it to 115 kV. Two substations along the route will need equipment changes 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



Spring 2022


Winter 2022

Permitting/ environmental approvals

This local load serving project is appropriate for local review under Minnesota Statue 216E.05 Subd. 2(3). Great River Energy will request the City of St. Joseph to be the permitting authority for the project. Great River Energy welcomes project questions, comments and feedback.

Landowners along the proposed transmission line rebuild will be contacted to review the project, tree removal, an easement amendment and compensation. An amended easement will be requested to provide additional rights. Great River Energy will secure all necessary permits required by state and federal agencies.

Project contacts

Dale Aukee
Senior Field Representative

Marsha Parlow
Transmission Permitting Specialist

Media contacts

Jennifer Mattson
Twitter: @jennymmattson

Lori Buffington 
Twitter: @lbuffing