Minnesota Bulk Transmission Permitting Process (MN)
The steps of the Minnesota bulk transmission permitting process are summarized in the chart below. Roll over each section for a summary of the regulations and permits it covers. Click a section to learn more about the required permits and regulations related to that topic.
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Bulk Transmission Development in Minnesota
The Minnesota electric grid is part of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Eastern Interconnection. In Minnesota, the Midwest Reliability Organization is the regional entity, under NERC, charged with developing reliability standards and monitoring compliance for all owners, operators and users of the bulk electric system. Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) is the primary balancing authority operating and managing the transmission system in Minnesota.
There are a number of investor-owned, independent, public and cooperative transmission providers in the state, including:
- American Transmission Company which serves southeast counties of the state;
- Dairyland Power Cooperative which serves southeast Iowa;
- ITC Midwest LLC which serves the southern counties of the state;
- Minnesota Power Inc which serves western Iowa;
- Minnkota Power Coop, Inc which serves northwestern Minnesota;
- Otter Tail Power Company which serves counties throughout the state; and
- Xcel Energy which serves counties throughout the state.