Minnesota Power project receives praise from President Obama

By KBJR News 1

May 15, 2014 Updated May 15, 2014 at 5:37 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- Minnesota Power's Great Northern Transmission Line has been cited by President Obama as a leading example of building 21st century infrastructure.

The White House praised Minnesota Power's Great Northern Transmission Line project as an example of President Obama's renewed effort to accelerate and modernize the federal infrastructure permitting process.

Minnesota power applied last month to the Department of Energy for the Presidential Permit and filed a route permit application with the Minnesota P-U-C for the 500-kilovolt line.

The project requires a presidential permit because the transmission line will cross the international border between Manitoba and Minnesota.

Beginning in 20-20, MInnesota power will use the line to deliver 250 megawatts from Manitoba to the Iron Range.

The Transmission line was the first project listed by the White House as an example of getting major infrastructure projects done efficiently and quickly.

"We feel pretty honored that our efforts to work closely with the Department of Energy were recognized by President Obama and the White House," said Amy Rutledge, Manager of Corporate Communications for MN Power.

Two alternative routes for the line of about 220 miles have been proposed for the line.

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