Cedar Lake reroute transmission project - Great River Energy

Cedar Lake reroute transmission project

Great River Energy is proposing to construct a new 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Scott and Rice Counties (“Cedar Lake Reroute” or “Project”). The Project is being done to make room for a second 345-kV circuit to be attached to the existing CapX2020 Brookings to Hampton transmission structures, which run along County Road 2 in the Project area. The Project, along with the second 345-kV circuit, will ensure we maintain reliable and resilient service to electric customers in the future byaddressing reliability concerns and increasing deliverability of
renewable resources from southern Minnesota to the southwest metropolitan area. A route permit must be issued by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) before construction can begin.

Permitting and public involvement

Great River Energy will submit a route permit application for the proposed project to the PUC. During the route permit process, the public and regulatory agencies will have numerous opportunities to provide input on the Project, including public meetings facilitated by the PUC and Department of Commerce Energy Environmental Review and Analysis (DOC EERA). The DOC EERA will prepare an environmental assessment for the Project. Construction cannot begin until an approved route permit is issued by the PUC.

View the route permit application

Open house

An open house meeting was held for property owners and community members to learn more about the project:

Wednesday, March 29, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Park Ballroom
300 Lexington Ave S
New Prague, MN 56071

No formal presentation was given.

Quick facts
  • Length: 6.3 miles
  • Voltage: 115-kV (initially operated at 69-kV)
  • Structures: 60 to 90-foot wood or steel poles
  • Spans: 300 to 400 feet apart
  • Right of way: 100-foot-wide right of way, 50 feet on each side of the centerline
  • Permits: MN Public Utilities Commission route permit
  • Notifications
    Winter/Spring 2023
  • State Permitting
    Spring 2023 – Spring 2024
  • Survey/design
    Fall 2023 – Spring 2024
  • Easements/environmental permits
    Winter 2024 – Spring 2025
  • Construction
    Fall 2024 – Summer 2025
  • Energization
    Summer 2025
Project Contacts
Matthew Hagelin
Great River Energy
Phone: 763-445-5981
Mark Strohfus
Great River Energy
Phone: 763-445-5210
Media Contacts
Heather Reinhart
Phone: 763-445-6522