Routing a transmission line is no small task. The state of Minnesota has statutes and rules that guide the route development process and help minimize a project's impact to human settlement and the environment. Input from you, local leaders and agencies, as well as our own expertise, was critical in the development of the route we proposed in our application.

Routing process

  • Define study area

  • Define route corridor

  • Define preliminary route

  • Identify proposed route

  • Submit Certificate of Need and Route Permit to Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC)

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We conducted a robust stakeholder process prior to applying for a Certificate of Need and Route Permit from the Minnesota PUC in August 2023.

Regulatory process

In August 2023, we submitted our proposed route in our application for a Certificate of Need and Route Permit to the Minnesota PUC. The PUC and Department of Commerce held scoping meetings in October 2023 and through that process identified routing alternatives to be evaluated in an Environmental Assessment. An Environmental Assessment Scoping Decision was published in March 2024. Public hearings on the project are anticipated in July 2024.

View the Environmental Scoping Decision document

You can subscribe to receive updates from the PUC. Visit and enter the docket number you're interested in tracking. For information on the Certificate of Need use docket 22-416 and for information on the Route Permit use docket 22-415.

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