Minnesota Hydropower Transmission & Interconnection(8-MN)
In Minnesota, a hydropower developer should consult local zoning regulations during the transmission siting process. A developer may need a Route Permit and/or a Certificate of Need from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for certain interconnection and transmission projects.
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
|Certificate of Public Good/Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (Certificate):||In Minnesota, a developer must obtain a Certificate of Need from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to site or construct a large energy facility. Minn. Stat. §216B.243(2).|
|Certificate Regulatory Agency:||Minnesota Public Utilities Commission|
|Certificate Threshold:||A person constructing any high-voltage transmission line with a capacity of 200 kV or more and longer than 1,500 feet, or greater than 10 miles of its length is located in the State of Minnesota.|
|Regulated Entity Definition:||A “large energy facility” 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).|
|Transmission Interconnection Request Process (Interconnection Request):||Minnesota does not currently have a state specific interconnection request process.|
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