Minnesota Power is proposing to build the Great Northern Transmission Line to bring clean, emission-free energy into Minnesota, meet growing energy demands and increase system reliability. The Great Northern Transmission Line, which will deliver hydropower generated by Manitoba Hydro to customers in the United States, will consist of two transmission lines:
Minnesota Power is moving forward with the routing, siting, and permitting process for Phase 1 of the Project. We fully anticipate both phases of the Project to be constructed; however, the 500 kV line is our initial priority. Minnesota Power will focus on the Certificate of Need and Route Permit Applications to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the Presidential Permit Application to the United States Department of Energy for the 500 kV transmission line. At this point, a timeframe has not been determined for when Minnesota Power will continue development of Phase 2. Minnesota Power will communicate a schedule and routing process for Phase 2 as information becomes available.
Several priorities are driving the need for the Great Northern Transmission Line including: