Minnkota Power: Construction on 115-kV project in Minnesota to be completed by Dec. 8

Minnkota Power Cooperative on Dec. 4 told the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission that construction on the MPL Laporte 115-kV HVTL Project in Clearwater and Hubbard counties in Minnesota will be completed by Dec. 8.

Minnkota Power noted that it will begin the process to place the project in service on Dec. 13.

As noted in the filing, the commission in June issued an order granting Minnkota Power a route permit for the project, which includes construction of about 9.4 miles of new, overhead, 115-kV transmission line, as well as construction of the new Laporte MPL substation.

As TransmissionHub reported, the project is planned to link an existing Minnesota Pipe Line (MPL) Company pumping station and the new substation to serve a new pumping station located west of the city of Laporte.

The commission said in its order that it agrees with an administrative law judge that the project’s preferred route satisfies certain conditions, and finds that the project is consistent with state goals to conserve resources, minimize environmental impacts, minimize human settlement and other land use conflicts, and best ensures the state’s electric energy security through efficient, cost-effective power supply and electric transmission infrastructure.

According to the route permit, the route designated by the commission in the permit notes that the new line originates in Section 12 of Township 144N, Range 36W in Itasca Township where it interconnects with Otter Tail Company’s 115-kV line, then extends west and south, adjacent to existing roadway ROW along 281st Avenue for about 3.7 miles. The HVTL then turns east and southeast and cuts cross-country until it reaches State Highway 200. Then, the route permit added, the HVTL continues southeast adjacent to State Highway 200 and crosses the county line.

Just after entering Hubbard County, the line turns east and is located adjacent to 400th Street for about 1.7 miles. The route permit also noted that the HVTL turns south at 115th Avenue and continues south adjacent to existing roadway ROW for about two miles before turning west for about 2,350 feet adjacent to County Road 95. The HVTL then turns south, crossing County Road 95 and entering the new substation site in Section 17 of Township 143N, Range 35W, according to the route permit.

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Corina Rivera-Linares was TransmissionHub’s chief editor until August 2021, as well as part of the team that established TransmissionHub in 2011. Before joining TransmissionHub, Corina covered renewable energy and environmental issues, as well as transmission, generation, regulation, legislation and ISO/RTO matters at SNL Financial from 2005 to 2011. She has also covered such topics as health, politics, and education for weekly newspapers and national magazines.