- 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.
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.
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.
|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.
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.
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If you have questions or comments about the project please contact:
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
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