Delivering Clean Energy to Minnesota

500 kV Transmission Line and Substation

Minnesota Power is building 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 a 500 kV transmission line from the Minnesota-Manitoba border to the Iron Range 500 kV Substation near Grand Rapids, Minnesota, as well as associated substation facilities and transmission system modifications.

Several priorities drove the need for the Great Northern Transmission Line including:

  • Access to clean, affordable, reliable energy for Minnesota Power customers and the region
  • Increased industrial load growth on Minnesota’s Iron Range
  • Strengthen system reliability for Minnesota Power and the region

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PROJECT NEWS

October 2017 Newsletter Published

October 23, 2017

The Great Northern Transmission Line's periodic newsletter, Great Northern News, is available for review. In this issue, read about Snowmobile Trails Crossing Maps, Safety & Environment, adn Project Overview Schedule.

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July 2017 Newsletter Published

July 10, 2017

The Great Northern Transmission Line's periodic newsletter, Great Northern News, is available for review. In this issue, read about Pre-construction and construction processes, view an anticipated construction schedule map, and review snowmobile trail safety.

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Project Outreach Summary Published

May 31, 2017

A summary of outreach completed for the project to date has been developed.

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Power Line Project On Schedule - International Falls Journal

May 4, 2017

Progress in developing the Great Northern Transmission Line is on schedule, according to representatives of Minnesota Power.

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February 2017 Newsletter Published

February 21, 2017

The Great Northern Transmission Line's periodic newsletter, Great Northern News, is available for review. In this issue, read about Pre-construction and construction processes, view an anticipated construction schedule map, and review snowmobile trail safety.

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Presidential Permit paves way for Minnesota Power's Great Northern Transmission Line

November 16, 2016

Minnesota Power's Great Northern Transmission Line received federal approval today when the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Presidential Permit, clearing the way for building the international transmission line to deliver clean energy from Canada’s extensive hydropower resources to Minnesota while strengthening reliability of the power grid.

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Fall 2016 Issue of Great Northern News Published

September 12, 2016

The Great Northern Transmission Line's periodic newsletter, Great Northern News, has a new issue available.

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PUC Issues Final Order Issuing Route Permit

April 12, 2016

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved the Route Permit Application for the Great Northern Transmission Line via final written order on April 11, 2016.

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World Leaders Issue Statement on North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environmental Partnership

June 29, 2016

The White House issued a press release summarizing a meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Barack Obama, and President Enrique Pena Nieto. The meeting purpose was to share a common commitment to a competitive, low-carbon and sustainable North American economy and society. Great Northern Transmission Line was mentioned as a cross-border transmission project.

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