Minnesota Power takes next step on Great Northern Transmission Line

By KBJR News 1

April 16, 2014 Updated Apr 16, 2014 at 7:17 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Minnesota Power is taking the next step in getting hydro power to the Northland.

This week, the company filed routing permit applications with state and federal regulators for the 500-kilovolt Great Northern Transmission Line.

The company has identified two routes which run from the Manitoba Canadian Border to Itasca County.

The two proposed routes run along already existing right of ways.

"We work very hard to determine areas that have the least impact on wetlands and the least impact on land owners," said Communications Manager, Amy Rutledge. "Now the MPUC will look at these two options get more public input and ultimately decide which is the best route."

Rutledge says the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will make that decision in 2015.

Officials say the line will facilitate the delivery of at least 750 megawatts of energy into the US beginning in 2020.

Rutledge says the new line advances Minnesota Power's Energy Forward strategy of providing renewable energy to its customers.

The project is projected to cost between $500 and $650 million, depending upon the final approved route.

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