Minnesota Power Plant Siting Act (Minnesota)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||Minnesota|
|Name||Minnesota Power Plant Siting Act (Minnesota)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Siting and Permitting|
|Affected Technologies||Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Wave Energy, Wind energy|
|Program Administrator||Minnesota Public Utilities Commission|
This Act regulates the siting of large electric power generating plants, which are defined as plants designed for or capable of operating with a capacity of 50,000 kW or more. The policy of the state is to choose locations for large electric power facilities that minimize adverse human and environmental impact while insuring continuing electric power system reliability and integrity and that electric energy needs are met and fulfilled in an orderly and timely fashion. A site permit from the Public Utilities Commission is required prior to the construction of a large electric power generating facility or of a high-voltage transmission line directly associated with the power generating facility. This is the sole permit required for such construction, and it supersedes and preempts all zoning, building, or land use rules, regulations, or ordinances promulgated by regional, county, local and special purpose government. However, other state permits may be required.
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|Authority 1:||Minn. Stat. 216E|