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Minnesota Bulk Transmission Transmission & Interconnection(8-MN)

In Minnesota, a bulk transmission developer must obtain a Route Permit from the Minnesota Public Utility Commission (“MPUC”) to construct and operate a high voltage transmission line. Minn. Stat. § 216E.03(2). A bulk transmission developer must also obtain a Certificate of Need from the MPUC to site or construct a large energy facility. Minn. Stat. § 216B.243(2). A “large energy facility” includes “…any high-voltage transmission line with a capacity of 200 kilovolts or more and greater than ten (10) miles of its length in Minnesota or that crosses a state line…” or “…any high-voltage transmission line with a capacity of 200 kilovolts or more and greater than 1,500 feet in length…” Minn. Stat. § 216B.2421(2)(2)-(3).

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

Minnesota Federal

State or Preemptive Authority: The Minnesota Public Utility Commission’s authority to issue Route Permits for “… high-voltage transmission lines supersedes and preempts all zoning, building, or land use rules, regulations, or ordinances promulgated by regional, county, local and special purpose government.” Minn. Stat. § 216E.10(1).
Transmission Siting Agency: Minnesota Public Utility Commission
Transmission Siting Process: A developer must obtain a Route Permit to construct or operate a high-voltage transmission line that operates at 100 kilovolts or more. Minn. Stat. § 216E.03(2).
Transmission Siting Threshold: 100 kilovolts or more.
Siting Act: Minnesota Power Plant Siting Act (Minn. Stat. § 216E et seq.)
Regulated Entity Definition: A "large energy facility" includes "…any high-voltage transmission line with a capacity of 200 kilovolts or more and greater than ten (10) miles of its length in Minnesota or that crosses a state line…" or "…any high-voltage transmission line with a capacity of 200 kilovolts or more and greater than 1,500 feet in length…." Minn. Stat. § 216B.2421(2)(2)-(3).
Public Utility Regulatory Authority Certification Transmission Threshold: A developer must obtain a Certificate of Need from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to site or construct a large energy facility. Minn. Stat. § 216B.243(2).
Permit Processing Timeframe: Within twelve (12) months of the submission of the Certificate of Need Application, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) must make a determination to either approve or deny a Certificate of Need. The MPUC may extend the time period upon receiving the consent of the parties or on its own motion, for good cause, by issuing an order explaining the good cause justification for extension. Minn. Stat. § 216B.243(5).

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