Minnesota Power takes next step in Great Northern Transmission Line

By KBJR News 1

Minnesota Power takes next step in Great Northern Transmission Line

October 22, 2013 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota Power is moving forward on a new, 240 mile high voltage transmission line from the Manitoba border to the Iron Range.

The Duluth-based company filed on Monday with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) a Certificate of Need application for the 240-mile 500kV Great Northern Transmission Line, which will carry renewable hydro power from Canada to an electric substation on the Iron Range.

“The Great Northern Transmission Line is an innovative component of our EnergyForward strategy to achieve a balanced energy mix of one third renewable, one third coal and one third natural gas,”
said ALLETE President, Chairman and CEO Alan R. Hodnik. “Not only will this initiative advance the nation’s goal to transform the energy landscape to a less carbon intense platform, it will also open the door to further transmission investment in the Midwest, while supporting planned industrial growth on Minnesota’s Iron Range.”

Minnesota Power now awaits a decision from the PUC on whether the project is needed by its customers as well as the cost effectiveness and compatibility with state environmental policy. Last year, the PUC approved the utility’s plan to purchase the electricity from Manitoba Hydro.

Minnesota Power must also earn approval of the U.S.-Canada border deal by the U.S. Department of Energy before the project can begin.

Depending on the final route, Minnesota Power estimates the project will cost between $400 million and $600 million.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns