Project Update

Public hearings re-scheduled for February 27 and 28. Details below.

Quick Facts

Voltage: 345 kilovolt line

Location: Blue Earth, Faribault, Nicollet, and Martin Counties, Minnesota

Estimated transmission line length: 50 miles

Targeted in-service: end of 2021

Public Hearings

Public hearings on the project were postponed in early February due to extreme weather. They will now be held on February 27 and 28 in the project area (details below). The hearings serve as an opportunity for public input on project need and project route preferences. To view the official hearing notice, visit the Commission’s website at mn.gov/puc.

 The hearings will be presided over by Administrative Law Judge Barbara J. Case from the Office of Administrative Hearings. Interested persons will have an opportunity at the hearings to ask questions, provide comments, submit evidence, and advocate for the route(s) that they believe are most appropriate for the project. An evidentiary hearing was held in St. Paul, Minn., on February 11.

Public Hearings Schedule

Mankato
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

AmericInn Hotel & Suites
240 Stadium Rd.
Mankato, MN 56001

Mapleton
Thursday, February 28, 2019
6:00 p.m.
 

Maple River High School (Cafeteria)
101 6th Ave. NE

Mapleton, MN 56065

Delavan
Thursday, February 28, 2019
1:00 p.m.

Delavan High School Gym
300 2nd St.
Delavan, MN 56023

 

Written Comments Alternative

If you are unable to attend public hearings,
comments can be submitted to
Charley Bruce,
Public Utilities Commission Public Advisor publicadvisor.puc@state.mn.us, 651-201-2251
or Tricia DeBleeckere,
Public Utilities Commission Energy Facilities Planner
tricia.debleeckere@state.mn.us  or 651-201-2254

If you are unable to attend public hearings, comments can be submitted via the Commission’s website at mn.gov/puc through Speak Up! or eFiling (follow the prompts). Comments are also accepted via mail to or email to the Commission: 121 7th Pl. E. STE 350 St. Paul, MN 55101 or PublicAdvisor.puc@state.mn.us. Please use the Commission docket numbers (17-184 and 17-185) for all communications. Comments must be submitted by March 15. 

Bad Weather Alternate Dates

To find out if a meeting has been cancelled due to bad weather call 1-855-731-6208 or visit mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities. The announcement will also be posted here.

Project Overview

Xcel Energy and ITC Midwest LLC are proposing to build the Huntley-Wilmarth project, an approximately 50 mile, 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in southern Minnesota. The transmission line would connect Xcel Energy’s Wilmarth Substation, north of Mankato, and ITC’s Huntley Substation, south of Winnebago. The Huntley-Wilmarth project will reduce congestion on the transmission grid in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa and deliver low-cost electricity from generation facilities, including wind farms in the area, to consumers. Learn more about why the project is needed.

The Huntley-Wilmarth project requires two approvals from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission), a certificate of need and a route permit. The Commission will determine whether the project is needed and, if it is needed, the route for the project. Commission decisions on the project are anticipated in summer 2019.

Learn more about the permitting process and view the Draft EIS, Certificate of Need and Route Permit.

All project documents are available on the Commission’s eDockets website. Select “17” in the year field and enter “184” in the number field for the certificate of need or “185” in the number field for the Route Permit. Then click on “search.”  Project documents are also available on the Department of Commerce’s website.

Permitting Schedule (subject to change)

Certificate of need and route permit applications submitted to Commission January 2018
Informational and scoping meetings (public meetings and comment) Spring 2018
Draft environmental impact statement issued (public meetings and comment period) December 2018
Public meeting on draft environmental impact statement (public meetings and comment period) January 2019
Public Hearings (public hearings and comment period) January/February 2019
Anticipated Commission decisions Summer 2019


View the latest project mailings, fact sheets and FAQs on the Resources page.

Detailed Project Maps

To view the utilities proposed project routes, please type your address in the search box on the interactive map below.  You may also view PDFs of the maps by selecting the map that corresponds to the desired grid section on the overview map.

 

Propose Route Options Overall Map 

Map A1 Map A2 Map A3 
Map B1 Map B2 Map B3
Map C1 Map C2 Map C3
Map D1 Map D2 Map D3
Map E1 Map E2 Map E3

Comments and Questions

If you have questions or comments about the project please contact:

Ray Kirsch
Minnesota Department of Commerce
Environmental Review Manager
raymond.kirsch@state.mn.us
651-539-1841

Charley Bruce
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Public Advisor
publicadvisor.puc@state.mn.us
651-201-2251

Community engagement is important to this process and we sincerely value and appreciate the feedback we have and continue to receive.

Email: huntleywilmarth@xcelenergy.com
Phone: (toll free) 1-855-839-8865