Project Update

Department of Commerce releases draft environmental impact statement. State scheduled public meetings, and hearings. 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

January provides several opportunities for citizens interested in public participation in the proposed Huntley-Wilmarth high voltage power line project.  View newspaper advertisement.

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) Public Meetings

These meetings will provide opportunities for comment on the draft EIS.

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

Mankato
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Courtyard by Marriott
901 Raintree Road
Mankato, MN 56001

Delavan
Thursday, January 10, 2019
1:00 p.m. 

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

Mapleton
Thursday, January 10, 2019
6:00 p.m.

Maple River High School (Cafeteria)
101 6th Ave. NW
Mapleton, MN 56065

Written Comments Alternative
If you are unable to attend the DEIS meetings,
you can submit comments and questions
to Ray Kirsch, Minnesota Department of Commerce.
raymond.kirsch@state.mn.us
651-539-1841

Public Hearings

Public hearings regarding the project will be held in the project area the week of January 28 , 2019 (dates below), and will be presided over by Administrative Law Judge Barbara J. Case from the Office of Administrative Hearings. Notice of the hearings will be issued separately. 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 will be held in St. Paul, Minn., the week of February 4, 2019.

Mankato
Wednesday, January 30
1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Courtyard by Marriott
901 Raintree Rd.
Mankato, MN 56001

Mapleton
Thursday, January 31
6:00 p.m.

Maple River High School (Cafeteria)
101 6th Ave. NE
Mapleton, MN 56065
Delavan
Thursday, January 31
1:00 p.m.

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

Bad Weather Alternate Dates

If there is bad weather on January 9 and 10, the public meetings will be held at the same locations and times above on January 15 in Mankato and January 16 in Delavan and Mapleton. If there is bad weather on January 30 and 31, the public hearings will be held on alternate dates at the same locations and times above on February 6 in Mankato and February 7 in Delavan and Mapleton. 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 

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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
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