- Permit applications filed with Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
- Public meetings rescheduled for May 9. View details of new public meetings.
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 is needed to reduce congestion on the transmission grid in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa that is inhibiting low-cost electricity from generation facilities, including wind farms in the area, from reaching customers. 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. Both applications were filed with the Commission in January 2018, and the Commission voted to find the applications complete in March 2018. Notice of the filings was sent to landowners and advertisements were placed in local newspapers.
The Commission will determine whether the project is needed and, if it is needed, the route for the project. To help the Commission make these decisions, there will be several opportunities for public comment and dialogue, including public meetings and public hearings.
The Commission and the Minnesota Department of Commerce (Department) are hosting public information and scoping meetings on April 17 and 18. The purpose of these meetings is to provide citizens with information about the state permitting process and the project, and to gather comments on the impacts and mitigation measures that should be studied in the environmental impact statement (EIS) that will be prepared by the Department. The meetings will include a short presentation and time for citizens to ask questions and provide comments. The same information will be presented at all meetings. Public comments will be accepted by the Department through May 4, 2018. For more information on how to comment, see the public meeting notice on the Department’s website: http://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities.
Winnebago Municipal Center
140 Main Street South
Winnebago, MN 56098
Maple River High School (gym)
101 6th Avenue Northeast
Mapleton, MN 56065
|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)||Middle 2018|
|Public hearings (public hearings and comment period)||Second Half 2018|
|Commission decision||First Half 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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