Bemidji-Grand Rapids 230-kV Project

Bemidji-Grand Rapids 230-kV Project is a 72-mile line, 230-kV transmission line, which was built between the Wilton substation near Bemidji, Minnesota and the Boswell substation in Grand Rapids, Minn. The single-circuit transmission line was built in order to improve reliability for the Red River Valley, Bemidji, Grand Rapids and north central Minnesota areas. The line entered commercial operationin 2012 near budget at $98.5m. Bemidji-Grand Rapids Project is part of CapX2020, which is a joint initiative of 11 transmission-owning utilities in Minnesota and the surrounding region to expand the electric transmission grid to ensure continued reliable and affordable service. The utilities involved in CapX2020 include Xcel Energy, Great River Energy, ALLETE (Minnesota Power), Minnkota Power Cooperative, Otter Tail Power, Central Minnesota Power Municipal Power Agency, Dairyland Power Cooperative, Missouri River Energy Services, Rochester Public Utilities, Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency and WPPI Energy.

Project Sponsor Line Miles Voltage (kV) From State To State Year in Service
Otter Tail Power Co. 72 230 MN MN 2012
Estimated Costs ($M) Voltage Type Project Status Project Group Origin Point Destination Point
98.5 Operating CAPX 2020 Bemidji, MN Grand Rapids, MN
Interstate Build Start NERC ISO/RTO Country Project Partners
MRO MISO US 11 Utilities involved in CAPX 2020 including; Xcel Energy, Great River Energy, ALLETE (Minnesota Power) , Minnkota Power Cooperative, Otter Tail Power, CMMPA, Dairyland Power Cooperative, MRES, Rochester PU, SMMPA and WPPI