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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.

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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

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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