Minnesota Power says it’s on track to get Canadian hydropower in 2020

Minnesota Power on Jan. 9 updated the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on both the status of a pending case for approval of a power line to bring Canadian hydropower into its service territory, and the status of Manitoba Hydro’s 695-MW Keeyask hydro project, which will provide much of that power.

This is Minnesota Power’s third annual report under a 2012 commission order on the milestones achieved regarding Manitoba Hydro’s new hydraulic generating facilities and the joint work of Manitoba Hydro and Minnesota Power in developing the new major transmission facilities to be in-service by June 1, 2020. Attached to the Minnesota Hydro update is a letter from Manitoba Hydro on the status of its developments. In addition, parties are briefing the Administrative Law Judge in the Certificate of Need docket for the Great Northern Transmission Line project. On April 15, 2014, Minnesota Power submitted a Route Permit application for the Great Northern Transmission Line. On Jan. 6, 2015, the commission reviewed the Department of Commerce’s environmental scoping recommendation from the scoping hearings that occurred in July 2014.

The Manitoba Hydro letter said that actual construction on Keeyask began in July 2014, with all units due for commissioning in the 2019-2020 period. The letter said the Canadian utility is working through the approval process on its side of the transmission infrastructure needed to get that power to the U.S. border and the interconnect with the Great Northern Transmission Line. Manitoba Hydro said it expects to be ready to provide the contracted 250 MW of power to Minnesota Power as of 2020, which is what the commission approved in the 2012 order.

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