ITC Midwest LLC on Sept. 12 told the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission that right of way (ROW) restoration activities continued in August on portions of Segment 3 and at the Huntley substation site, all part of the Minnesota-Iowa 345-kV Transmission Line Project.
Observation of the associated facilities also continued last month, the company said, adding that restoration activities are also now underway on Segment 4 of the project (Huntley to Iowa Border).
As noted in the filing, the commission in November 2014 granted ITC Midwest a route permit for the project and associated facilities in Jackson, Martin, and Faribault counties.
The company said that it has completed all design work for the project; that it acquired the last easement for the project on Aug. 7; and that it now has all project easements, permits, and licenses needed.
Physical construction along Segment 4 was completed in August and that segment is 95% complete overall, the company said. The 161-kV line from the Faribault switching station to the Ledyard substation in Iowa was energized on Aug. 15, the company said, noting that the 345-kV line from the Huntley substation to the Kossuth County substation in Iowa was initially expected to be energized at the end of August, but due to a delay in equipment delivery, it is now anticipated to be energized in late September.
Environmental monitoring and inspections necessary for compliance with the project’s environmental permits continue as required, ITC Midwest said.
Among other things, the company noted that the Lakefield substation expansion, part of Segment 1 of the project (Lakefield-Fox Lake), was energized on May 18, while the Huntley substation was also energized on May 18.
As noted on ITC’s website, the project includes a 345-kV line between the Lakefield Junction substation east of Lakefield in Jackson County and the proposed Huntley substation south of Winnebago in Faribault County in Minnesota, and connecting to substations in northern Iowa. The project also includes extensions and relocations of certain 161-kV facilities in Faribault County, the website noted.
The commission granted two approvals before construction of the project: a certificate of need and a route permit, according to the website, which also noted that in early 2013, ITC Midwest filed a certificate of need application and a route permit application with the commission. Noting that the commission in November 2014 granted ITC Midwest the certificate of need and issued ITC Midwest a route permit for the project, the website said that the route permit identified the route – referred to as “Modified Route A” – that the commission felt was most appropriate for the project based on the analysis completed by the Department of Commerce, Energy Environmental Review & Analysis in the environmental impact statement for the project.