After the need for a new transmission line project is established, Great River Energy begins looking at the area to determine possible routes the line could follow and gathers input from landowners, the public, state and federal agencies and communities. We follow a thorough process for routing transmission lines, using the same set of routing criteria used by the state of Minnesota as a guide for considering routing options.
A team that includes land rights, environmental resources, construction, engineering, and representatives of local electric cooperatives, works together to identify possible routes. Input from local residents, landowners, state and federal agencies and communities is gathered and considered during the process.
We use the state of Minnesota’s routing criteria as a guide for considering routing options. Social, environmental and engineering factors are carefully considered. Goals include:
You may be contacted for input, or public meetings may be held to answer questions, encourage public discussion and get input on proposed routes. If you are invited to a public meeting in your area, it is important that you attend or contact Great River Energy directly if you have feedback.
For projects following the state of Minnesota’s process, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, after receiving extensive public input, makes the final decision on where the line will be constructed. Other projects follow the permitting processes set by local government units.