Great River Energy proposes to improve the Wilbert to Blue Earth (FE-WB) 69-kV transmission system in Martin and Faribault counties by rebuilding 21.9 miles of the
FE-WB 69-kV transmission line. This rebuild and maintenance of the line (that was built in 1970) will address issues associated with high winds and improve the reliability of the transmission system.

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Quick facts

Length: 21.9 miles
Voltage: 69 kV
Structures: Wood, wood laminate and steel Spans – 250 to 350 feet apart
Right of way: 70-foot-wide right of way. 35 feet on each side of the centerline
Permits: Road authority



Spring/Summer 2021


Wilbert to East Chain will be constructed in May - October 2022. East Chain to Blue Earth will be constructed 2024.

Permitting/ environmental approvals

This project may require removal of trees and vegetation along the transmission line right-of-way. A representative from Great River Energy will contact property owners before any tree work takes place. Great River Energy will also work with landowners along the transmission corridor, where necessary, regarding access to the easement area.

Project contacts

Peter M. Schaub, Sr. Field Representative
Land Rights

Tosha Barthel, Transmission Permitting Specialist
Transmission Permitting and Compliance

Media contacts

Jennifer Mattson
Twitter: @jennymmattson

Lori Buffington
Twitter: @lbuffing