Minnesota Power Plant Siting Act (Minnesota)

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Place Minnesota

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
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Primary Website https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=216E

Last Review 2014-09-15


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.


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Minn. Stat. 216E
Date Effective 1973
Date Enacted 1973