Great River Energy: Construction of Cedar Lake project to be completed soon

Great River Energy on Sept. 26 told the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission that construction of the Cedar Lake 115-kV Project will be completed in early October.

Energization of the line at 115 kV is scheduled for Oct. 5, with minimal load expected to be placed on the transformer the week of Oct. 16, the company said.

According to the company’s website, the new overhead, approximately 4.5-mile line, known as the “MV-CDT” line, in southern Scott County, will provide electric service to the proposed Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC) Cedar Lake distribution substation that would provide electric power to a new pipeline pump station proposed by Minnesota Pipe Line Company (MPL).

According to a project fact sheet, the line will begin at a three-way switch structure in the southeast corner of the intersection of Panama Avenue and 260th Street East. From the switch structure, the MV-CDT line will extend northwest about 800 feet, and then occupy the open position on the existing CapX2020 Brookings County-Hampton transmission line along 260th Street East for about 4.25 miles. The fact sheet added that the line will then turn south and connects into the MVEC Cedar Lake distribution substation on MPL’s pipeline pump station property.

As TransmissionHub reported, the Brookings County-Hampton 345-kV project was energized in March 2015. CapX2020 is a joint initiative of 11 transmission-owning utilities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin formed to upgrade and expand the electric transmission grid to ensure continued reliable and affordable service, according to a statement posted on the CapX2020 website.

The fact sheet noted that Great River Energy in February 2015 requested a minor alteration to the Brookings County-Hampton line to allow construction and operation of the MV-CDT line on the open position of the CapX2020 structures. The commission issued an order approving the minor alteration in May 2015. That applies to all of the project, except for the new MVEC Cedar Lake distribution substation and the approximately 1,100-foot tap from the CapX2020 structure into the substation, the fact sheet added.

As noted on the website, MVEC and Great River Energy have received a Scott County conditional use permit for the new Cedar Lake substation and the tap into the substation.  

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