Great River Energy is proposing to construct a 69-kV electric transmission line along Itasca County Highway 7 connecting to a new North Itasca Electric Cooperative substation northeast of Brush Shanty Lake. Reliability and low voltage concerns in the Scenic area need to be addressed. Completion of this project is designed to be a long term solution to improve electric delivery and meet new demand and growth for North Itasca Electric Cooperative members.
Permits and Approvals
- State of Minnesota and Itasca County permitting authorities do not require a route permit or conditional use permit for 69-kV projects. Great River Energy is and will continue to work closely with the U.S. Forest Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Itasca County Land Department to acquire the necessary federal, state and county occupation permits for the proposed route. No work on the section that bypasses Scenic State Park will occur until permits are received from the DNR and the USACE.