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Minnesota Bulk Transmission Siting & Regulation(8-MN)

In Minnesota, a bulk transmission developer must obtain a Route Permit from the Minnesota Public Utility Commission (“MPUC”) to construct and operate a high voltage transmission line. Minn. Stat. § 216E.03(2). A bulk transmission developer must also obtain a Certificate of Need from the MPUC to site or construct a large energy facility. Minn. Stat. § 216B.243(2). A “large energy facility” includes “…any high-voltage transmission line with a capacity of 200 kilovolts or more and greater than ten (10) miles of its length in Minnesota or that crosses a state line…” or “…any high-voltage transmission line with a capacity of 200 kilovolts or more and greater than 1,500 feet in length…” Minn. Stat. § 216B.2421(2)(2)-(3).

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.


Permitting at a Glance

Minnesota Federal

Transmission Siting: Any person may need a Route Permit to construct a high-voltage transmission line. Minn. Stat. §216E.03(2).
Transmission Siting Agency: Minnesota Public Utility Commission
Transmission Siting Threshold: 100 kV or more and greater than 1,500 feet in length
Transmission Siting Act: Minnesota Power Plant Siting Act
Preemptive Authority: The Minnesota Public Utility Commission has authority over the construction of all transmission line construction. Minn. Stat. § 216E.10(1).
Regulated Entity Definition: A "large energy facility" for Certificate of Need purposes includes "…any high-voltage transmission line with a capacity of 200 kV or more and greater than ten (10) miles of its length in Minnesota or that crosses a state line…" or "…any high-voltage transmission line with a capacity of 200 kV or more and greater than 1,500 feet in length…." Minn. Stat. § 216B.2421(2)(2)-(3).
Public Utility Certificate Threshold: Any person may need a Certificate of Need from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to site or construct a large energy facility. Minn. Stat. § 216B.243(2).
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