Project Permits and Regulatory Filings

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.

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.

On July 17, 2018, the Minnesota Department of Commerce issued the scoping decision for the environmental impact statement (EIS) that will be prepared for the Huntley-Wilmarth project. The scoping decision describes the routing alternatives that will be analyzed in the EIS. The scoping decision is based on public comments received at the four public meetings held in the project area in the spring and a public comment period.

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.  

 

Certificate of Need (filed 1/17/2018) Route Permit Application (filed 1/22/2018)
Appendix A-E

Appendix A-B-C1 part 1

Appendix F-I

Appendix C1 part 2

Appendix J-N

Appendix C2

 

Appendix D-E-F

 

Appendix G part 1

 

Appendix G part 2

 

Appendix G part 3

 

Appendix H-I-J-K

Learn more about the regulatory process and how to participate.

Visit the Minnesota Department of Commerce eDockets website to view regulatory documents associated with the project, including notices, filings, public comments and more. Select 17 in the “year” field and enter 184 in the “number” field for the Certificate of Need filing or 185 in the “number” field for the Route Permit. Then click on “search.”

Learn more about the state process for the siting and routing of energy facilities.

Permitting Schedule (subject to change)

Certificate of need and route permit applications filed with Commission January 2018
Informational and scoping meetings (public meetings and comment period) Spring 2018

Draft environmental impact statement issued 

December 2018

Public meetings 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