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21-668Xcel Energy is proposing to expand dry cask storage of spent nuclear fuel at the Monticello nuclear plant. The storage expansion would allow continued operation of the plant until 2040.09/15/2021 02:51 PM
20-763Byron Solar, LLC is proposing to build a 200 MW solar project in Dodge County Minnesota. The Byron Solar Project would connect to the electrical grid via approximately three miles of newly constructed 345 kV transmission line.08/19/2021 02:12 PM
21-113Hayward Solar, LLC is proposing to build and operate a 150 MW solar farm in Freeborn County.04/28/2021 04:28 PM
  • 2021-06-29: Application accepted
  • 2021-08-11: Public meeting
  • : Scoping decision
  • : Environmental document available
  • : Public hearing
  • : ALJ report issued
  • : Permit issued
  • : Project built
  • : Docket closed
21-189Northern States Power Company, doing business as Xcel Energy is proposing to construct an up to 460-megawatt solar project and two 345 kilovolt transmission lines to interconnect the Solar Project to the grid. As proposed, the West high voltage transmission line (HVTL) is approximately 3.2 miles long and the East HVTL line is approximately 1.7 miles long; both HVTL lines connect the Solar Project to the existing Sherburne County Substation. The Solar Project will partially replace energy production of the Sherco Generating Plant Unit 2, currently a coal-powered facility, which will cease operations in 2023.04/21/2021 09:20 AM
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20-647Louise Solar, LLC is seeking a site permit to construct the 50 MW Louise Solar Project in Mower County02/16/2021 05:44 PM
  • : Docket is open
20-872Petroleum Fuels Company (PFC) is proposing to construct a 5,600 foot long natural gas pipeline in Dakota County. The pipeline will transport natural gas from a processing facility near the Pine Bend landfill to an interconnection with the Northern States Power gas system.12/31/2020 12:59 PM
  • 2021-02-23: Application accepted
  • 2021-03-25: Public meeting
  • 2021-07-07: Permit issued
  • : Project built
  • : Docket closed
20-860Northern Wind Energy, LLC is proposing to replace the existing Chanarambie and Viking wind farms with a new 121.5 megawatt (MW) wind farm -- the Northern Wind Project, in Murray County. The project would remove 65 existing turbines and replace them with 45 new, larger turbines. 12/23/2020 10:54 AM
  • 2021-06-30: Application accepted
  • 2021-07-21: Public meeting
  • 2021-10-01: Draft permit issued
  • 2021-11-03: Public hearing
  • : Permit issued
  • : Project built
19-621Big Bend Wind, LLC has proposed the construction and operation of an 18 mile long 161 kilovolt (kV) high voltage transmission line (HVTL) to be located in Cottonwood, Martin, and Watonwan Counties, Minnesota. The proposed 161 kV HVTL is proposed to begin at the Big Bend Wind Project substation, and extend 18 miles to a proposed step-up substation to be located less than 1,500 feet of the Crandell Switching Station.11/19/2020 03:40 PM
19-620Red Rock Solar, LLC, a subsidiary of Apex Clean Energy, LLC, has proposed to construct and operate the Red Rock Solar Project in Cottonwood County, Minnesota. The proposed Red Rock Solar Project would generate up to 60 megawatts (MWs), and the anticipated project size is 483 acres.11/19/2020 03:00 PM
19-619Big Bend Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of Apex Clean Energy, Inc., is proposing the Big Bend Wind Project located within portions of Cottonwood and Watonwan counties, Minnesota. The Big Bend Wind Project is proposing to constructed and operate 47 Nordex N-163 (5.7 MW), 48 Vestas V162 (5.6 MW), or 49 GE-158 (5.5 MW) turbines, which will have a total generation capability of up to 308 megawatts (MWs). 11/18/2020 12:10 PM
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20-423Great River Energy and Otter Tail Power Company jointly filed a route permit application to construct an approximately nine and one-half mile long 115 kilovolt high voltage transmission line and substation. The transmission line would interconnect the proposed Erie Substation with the existing Frazee Substation. The project is located near Frazee, Minnesota, in Becker and Otter Tail Counties.06/22/2020 07:00 AM
  • 2020-09-22: Application accepted
  • 2020-10-22: Public meeting
  • 2021-02-12: Scoping decision
  • 2021-05-14: Environmental document available
  • 2021-06-08: Public hearing
  • 2021-06-09: Public hearing
  • : Permit Decision
  • : Project built
  • : Docket closed
18-700Plum Creek Wind Farm, LLC proposes to construct a 414 megawatt (MW) wind farm and associated 345 kV transmission line in Cottonwood, Murray, and Redwood County, Minnesota. 04/28/2020 03:56 PM
  • 2020-01-30: Application accepted
  • 2020-06-16: Public meeting
  • 2020-11-03: Scoping decision
  • 2021-01-11: Draft EIS available
  • 2021-02-01: Public meeting
  • 2021-02-16: Public hearing
  • : Final EIS available
  • : ALJ report issued
  • : Permit issued
  • : Project closed
20-384Walleye Wind, LLC, proposes to construct and operate the 109.2 megawatt (MW) Walleye Wind Project on aproximately 31,000 acres in Rock County, Minnesota.04/01/2020 11:54 AM
18-701Plum Creek Wind Farm, LLC proposes to construct a 414 megawatt (MW) wind farm and associated transmission line in Cottonwood, Murray, and Redwood County, Minnesota. The transmission line is proposed to be a 345 kilovolt (kV) line, with a length of approximately 31 miles. 12/02/2019 12:33 PM
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19-576Three Waters Wind Farm, LLC is proposing the 201 MW Three Waters Wind Farm in Jackson County, Minnesota. The proposed project area also extends into Osceola and Dickinson Counties, Iowa. The proposed project is primarily planned to be located within Jackson County, Minnesota, but project areas within Osceola and/or Dickinson Counties, Iowa may be utilized as alternative locations should they be necessary. Three Waters Wind Farm, LLC has also applied for a Certificate of Need (CN), which can be found under docket #IP-7002/CN-19-154.10/11/2019 12:14 PM
  • 2019-12-23: Application accepted
  • 2020-02-20: Public meeting
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19-495On September 16, 2019, Geronimo Energy submitted a site permit application to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) under the alternative review process (Minnesota Statute 216E.04; Minnesota Rule 7850.2800-3900). Geronimo Energy proposes to construct the Elk Creek Solar Project (Project), a solar energy conversion facility with an 80-megawatt (MW) alternating current (AC) nameplate capacity, in Vienna Township, Rock County, Minnesota.09/23/2019 10:25 AM
  • 2019-12-23: Application accepted
  • 2020-01-13: Public meeting
  • 2020-02-06: Scoping decision
  • 2020-06-16: Environmental document available
  • 2020-07-23: Public hearing
  • : Permit issued
  • : Project built
  • : Docket closed
19-394Buffalo Ridge Wind, LLC proposes to build and operate a 109 megawatt (MW) wind farm southeast of the city of Lake Benton, in Lincoln and Pipestone County. 07/31/2019 01:48 PM
  • 2019-11-12: Application accepted
  • 2019-12-05: Public meeting
  • 2020-01-10: Scoping decision
  • 2020-02-26: Draft permit issued
  • 2020-06-23: Environmental document available
  • 2020-07-22: Public hearing
  • 2020-10-01: ALJ report issued
  • : Permit issued
  • : Project built
19-395Regal Solar, LLC was granted a site permit to construct the 100 MW Regal Solar Project in Benton County.07/22/2019 12:46 PM
  • 2019-10-11: Application accepted
  • 2019-11-13: Public meeting
  • 2019-12-04: Scoping decision
  • 2020-11-06: Environmental document available
  • 2020-12-01: Public hearing
  • 2021-04-26: Permit Decision
  • : Project built
19-311GRE proposes to build and operate a 115 kV transmission line in Lake Eunice Township near Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.07/22/2019 09:51 AM
  • 2019-07-18: Application accepted
18-755Detroit Lakes Public Utilities (DLPU) proposes to build and operate a 115 kV transmission line and substation near Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. 06/19/2019 12:35 PM
  • : Application accepted
08-1494Community Wind North, LLC, is seeking a site permit amendment to retrofit the currently operating 30MW Community Wind North Project in Lincoln County.04/02/2019 09:29 AM
  • 2019-04-17: Application accepted
  • 2019-04-17: Draft permit issued
  • 2019-05-28: Public meeting
  • : Permit Decision
  • : Project built
05-1220Jeffers Wind 20, LLC, is seeking a site permit amendment to retrofit the currently operating 50MW Jeffers Wind Energy Center in Cottonwood County.03/28/2019 10:21 AM
  • 2019-04-17: Application accepted
  • 2019-04-17: Draft permit issued
  • 2019-05-29: Public meeting
  • 2019-09-23: Permit Decision
  • : Project built
18-752Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership has applied for a Pipeline Route Permit and Partial Exemption for the Fond du Lac Line 4 Project on the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation. The Project will relocate approximately 10 miles of the existing Line 4 pipeline from the center to the outer edge of the existing Enbridge Mainline Corridor within the Fond du Lac Band Reservation. 03/04/2019 11:22 AM
  • 2019-02-25: Docket is open
  • 2019-04-11: Application accepted
  • 2019-05-22: Public meeting
  • 2019-06-28: ALJ report issued
  • : Permit Decision
  • : Project built
  • : Project Closed
05-1707Fenton Power Partners I, LLC (Fenton PPI) is seeking an amendment of its site permit to allow Fenton PPI to retrofit 136 of the 137 turbines in the Fenton Wind Project located in the counties of Murray and Nobles.10/23/2018 08:21 AM
  • : Application accepted
  • : Draft permit issued
  • : Public meeting
  • : Permit Decision
  • : Project built
20-867Dodge County Wind proposes to construct approximately 27 miles of 161 kV transmission line in Dodge and Mower counties in Minnesota. 07/09/2018 12:42 PM
  • 2018-10-04: Application accepted
  • 2018-10-25: Public meeting
  • Upcoming: Scoping decision
20-866Dodge County Wind, LLC (DCW or applicant), a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, proposes to construct and operate a 259-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Dodge and Steele Counties and an associated 161 kV transmission line in Dodge and Mower counties. 06/25/2018 04:35 PM
  • 2018-06-29: Docket is open
  • 2018-10-04: Application accepted
  • 2018-10-25: Public meeting
  • 2019-04-18: Scoping decision
  • 2019-07-29: Draft EIS available
17-185Xcel Energy and ITC Midwest LLC propose to construct a new 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line from the Huntley substation near the towns of Huntley and Winnebago, Minnesota to the Wilmarth substation in the city of Mankato, Minnesota 12/12/2017 12:00 AM
  • 2018-03-28: Application accepted
  • 2018-04-17: Public meeting
  • 2018-07-17: Scoping decision
  • 2018-12-07: Draft EIS available
  • 2019-02-27: Public hearing
  • 2019-04-03: Final EIS available
  • 2019-05-22: ALJ report issued
  • 2019-08-05: Permit issued
  • Upcoming: Project built
  • Upcoming: Docket closed
17-700Blazing Star 2 Wind Project is a 200 MW LWECS planned for construction in Lincoln County11/21/2017 12:00 AM
  • 2018-01-29: Application accepted
  • 2018-02-20: Public meeting
  • 2018-05-11: Draft permit issued
  • 2018-11-06: Permit issued
  • Upcoming: Project built
  • Upcoming: Docket closed
17-322Freeborn Wind Energy LLC proposes to construct an approximately seven-mile long 161 kilovolt high voltage transmission line to interconnect the proposed Freeborn Wind Farm with the existing Glenworth Substation southeast of Glenville, Minnesota in Freeborn County09/13/2017 12:00 AM
  • 2017-12-05: Application accepted
  • 2017-12-19: Public meeting
  • 2018-03-07: Scoping decision
  • 2018-05-14: Environmental document available
  • 2018-05-31: Public hearing
  • 2018-09-20: Permit Decision
  • Upcoming: Project built
  • Upcoming: Docket closed
17-597Nobles 2 Wind Project is a 260 MW LWECS planned for construction in Nobles County, with the purpose of delivering renewable energy to Minnesota Power customers. 08/18/2017 12:00 AM
  • 2018-01-04: Application accepted
  • 2018-02-28: Public meeting
  • 2018-03-29: Scoping decision
  • 2018-05-25: Draft permit issued
  • 2018-05-30: Environmental document available
  • 2018-06-20: Public hearing
  • 2018-08-24: ALJ report issued
  • 2019-01-31: Permit issued
  • 2020-12-10: Project built
17-410Freeborn Wind Energy, LLC, an affiliate of Invenergy, LLC, has proposed to construct and operate the 200 MW Freeborn Wind Farm in Freeborn County, Minnesota and Worth County, Iowa06/14/2017 12:00 AM
  • 2017-08-31: Application accepted
  • 2017-09-20: Public meeting
  • 2018-01-30: Draft permit issued
  • 2018-02-20: Public hearing
  • 2018-05-14: ALJ report issued
  • 2018-12-19: Permit issued
  • Upcoming: Project built
  • Upcoming: Docket closed
15-858Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation is proposing to install approximately 13.1 miles of new natural gas pipeline west and south of the city of Rochester in Olmsted County, Minnesota11/03/2015 12:00 AM
  • 2016-02-03: Application accepted
  • 2016-02-29: Public meeting
  • 2016-07-26: Routes accepted for consideration
  • 2016-09-16: Environmental document available
  • Upcoming: Public hearing
  • Upcoming: Permit issued
  • Upcoming: Project built
  • Upcoming: Docket closed
15-628Great River Energy proposes to construct approximately 2.5 miles of new 115 kV electric transmission line near the city of Backus in Cass County07/24/2015 12:00 AM
  • 2015-09-17: Application accepted
  • 2015-10-12: Public meeting
  • 2015-12-10: Scoping decision
  • 2016-03-03: Environmental document available
  • 2016-03-30: Public hearing
  • Upcoming: Permit issued
  • Upcoming: Project built
  • Upcoming: Docket closed
15-137Enbridge Energy proposes to replace 337 miles of the Line 3 Pipeline in Minnesota. Line 3 originates in Canada, continues through North Dakota, enters Minnesota in Kittson County, and terminates in Superior, Wiscsonsin. 02/23/2015 12:00 AM
  • 2015-07-01: Application accepted
  • 2016-04-25: Public meeting
  • 2016-12-05: Scoping decision
  • 2017-05-15: Draft EIS available
  • 2017-09-26: Public hearing
  • 2018-02-02: Final EIS available
  • 2018-04-24: ALJ report issued
  • 2018-10-26: Permit issued
  • Upcoming: Project built
  • Upcoming: Docket closed
11-863Zephyr Wind, LLC is proposing a partial repower of the existing 30 MW Community Wind South Wind Farm in Nobles County. The partial repower includes replacing the blades and nacelles on all 15 turbines in the project. 10/20/2011 12:00 AM
  • 2011-11-14: Application accepted
  • 2012-02-06: Draft permit issued
  • 2012-03-05: Public meeting
  • 2012-05-01: Permit issued
  • 2012-12-15: Project built
  • Upcoming: Docket closed
  • Upcoming: Public meeting
10-1307The Savanna HVTL Project is a proposal by Great River Energy and Minnesota Power for new switching station and rebiuld of an existing 69 kV line to a 115 kV HVTL in St. Louis and Carlton Counties01/24/2011 12:00 AM
  • Upcoming: Application accepted
  • Upcoming: Public meeting
  • Upcoming: Scoping decision
  • Upcoming: Environmental document available
  • Upcoming: Public hearing
  • Upcoming: Permit issued
  • Upcoming: Project built
  • Upcoming: Docket closed
09-584Site Permit Amendment Application to Repower the 201 megawatt (MW) Large Wind Energy Conversion System in Nobles County. 07/20/2009 12:00 AM
  • 2009-08-11: Application accepted
  • 2009-10-02: Draft permit issued
  • 2009-10-15: Public meeting
  • 2009-12-11: Permit issued
  • 2010-12-01: Project built
  • 2010-12-21: Project built
  • 2021-02-26: Application accepted
  • 2021-04-29: Public meeting
  • 2021-08-27: Permit Amended
  • Upcoming: Project built
08-510Xcel Energy is proposing a change in spent fuel storage technology at the Prairie Island ISFSI. 05/27/2008 12:00 AM
  • 2008-08-18: Application accepted
  • 2008-09-10: Public meeting
  • 2008-11-14: Scoping decision
  • 2009-03-17: Draft EIS available
  • 2009-04-21: Public meeting
  • 2009-05-14: Public hearing
  • 2009-07-31: Final EIS available
  • 2009-12-18: Permit issued
  • Upcoming: Project built
  • Upcoming: Docket closed
07-839Site Permit Amendment Application to Repower the 100.5 megawatt (MW) Large Wind Energy Conversion System in Mower County. 07/17/2007 12:00 AM
  • 2007-07-26: Application accepted
  • 2007-08-20: Draft permit issued
  • 2007-09-19: Public meeting
  • 2007-10-22: Scoping decision
  • 2007-10-31: Environmental document available
  • 2008-01-15: Permit issued
  • 2008-07-22: Public meeting
  • 2008-08-05: Scoping decision
  • 2008-08-11: Environmental document available
  • 2008-08-14: Public hearing
  • 2008-09-11: Permit issued
  • 2008-12-31: Project built
  • 2021-06-24: Application accepted
  • : Public meeting
  • : Permit Amended
  • : Project built
06-91The Mower County Wind Farm is a 98.9 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Mower County, Minn. The wind farm has been in operation since 2008. 02/28/2006 12:00 AM
  • 2006-03-07: Application accepted
  • 2006-03-07: Draft permit issued
  • 2006-03-27: Public meeting
  • 2006-05-26: Permit issued
  • 2008-05-01: Project built
  • 2020-08-14: Permit Amended
  • Upcoming: Docket closed