Project Update

- Department of Commerce issues scoping devision to prepare environmental impact statement

Additional route segments added/public meetings and hearings will take place in early 2019. 

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

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.

Project Status

There will be several more opportunities for public comment and dialogue, including public meetings and public hearings.  The draft EIS will be published in December 2018.  Public meetings concerning the draft EIS will be held in January 2019.  Public hearings will also be held in the project area in early 2019. Landowners will receive notice of public meetings and hearings when the dates are finalized. 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.  

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

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

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 

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Comments and Questions

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

Ray Kirsch
Minnesota Department of Commerce
Environmental Review Manager

Charley Bruce
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Public Advisor

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

Phone: (toll free) 1-855-839-8865