Minnesota Permitting

ITC Midwest proposed to construct a 345 kilovolt (“kV”) transmission line project in Minnesota and Iowa called the Minnesota – Iowa 345 kV Transmission Project (“Project”). 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 Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”) granted two approvals before construction of Project: a Certificate of Need and a Route Permit. In early 2013, ITC Midwest filed a Certificate of Need Application and a Route Permit Application with the Commission. On November 25, 2014, the Commission granted ITC Midwest a Certificate of Need and issued ITC Midwest a Route Permit for the Project. 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 (“EERA”) in the Environmental Impact Statement for the Project.

ITC Midwest started construction of the Project in November 2015, working generally from west to east and then south to Iowa. The Project is scheduled to be in-service in 2017.

If you have any questions about the Project, you may also contact:
Jeanne Archie
Sr. Real Estate Specialist
ITC Midwest LLC
123 5th Street S.E.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401