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)|
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.
|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
Public meetings on draft environmental impact statement (public meetings and comment period)
|Public hearings (public hearings and comment period)||January/February 2019|
|Anticipated Commission decisions||Summer 2019|