An important energy transmission project in Minnesota will be the subject of several public meetings. The Sheldon-Webster transmission project is a 215 mile transmission line, with 70 miles of the line in Minnesota and 145 miles located in Iowa, and will run through Martin, Jackson, and Faribault counties. This project will help increase energy capacity and reliability of the grid throughout the Midwest. A notable opportunity that the project provides is to link renewable energy projects to larger markets.
The important next step for ITC Midwest--the developer of the Sheldon-Webster project--will be to apply for a certificate of need from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in order to build the line. In Minnesota, developers must hold informational meetings for communities and landowners that are in the study corridor for the project to receive approval from state regulators.
ITC Midwest held some of these meetings recently which are a great opportunity for community members and landowners to not only receive information about the project, but provide feedback to the developer and state regulators concerning the line.
In case anyone missed the meetings or has additional feedback to provide, it is possible to submit a public comment by visiting the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s site: http://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/#comment. The comment period will run until 4:30 p.m. on August 2nd. Topics open for comment include the possible human or environmental impacts that should be studied, methods that can be used to address these impacts, alternate routes, and alternatives to the proposed project.
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