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Studies and Reports > 2009 MN Biennial Report > Table of Contents

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Transmission Projects Report 2009
Table of Contents
 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.0 Executive Summary.................................................................................................1

2.0 Biennial Report Requirements.................................................................................4

2.1 The Statute ...................................................................................................4

2.2 The PUC Rules ............................................................................................4

2.3 The PUC Order ............................................................................................5

2.4 Reporting Utilities........................................................................................6

2.5 Certification Requests..................................................................................6

2.6 Past Biennial Reports...................................................................................7

2.7 Renewable Energy Standards ......................................................................7

2.8 Distributed Generation.................................................................................8

3.0 Transmission Studies ...............................................................................................9

3.1 Introduction..................................................................................................9

3.2 Completed Studies .......................................................................................9

3.3 Regional Studies ........................................................................................15

3.3.1 Midwest ISO Transmission Expansion Plans................................15

3.3.2 Minnetoba Hydro-Electric Board Transmission Service Request.17

3.3.3 Study of a LaCrosse to Madison kV Transmission Line ...............17

3.3.4 Regional Outlet Generation Study (RGOS)...................................18

3.3.5 SMARTransmission Study ............................................................19

3.4 Load Serving Studies .................................................................................19

3.5 MAPP Load and Capability Report ...........................................................20

4.0 Public Participation................................................................................................21

4.1 Opportunities for Public Input ...................................................................21

4.2 Webinars ....................................................................................................23

4.2.1 Twin Cities Zone............................................................................24

4.2.2 Southwest Zone..............................................................................24

4.2.3 West Central Zone .........................................................................24

4.2.4 Northwest Zone..............................................................................24

4.2.5 Northeast Zone...............................................................................25

4.2.6 Southeast Zone...............................................................................25

4.3 Recommendations for Improvement in the Biennial Transmission Projects Report Process..............................................................................25

5.0 Transmission Planning Zones................................................................................28

5.1 Introduction................................................................................................28

5.2 Northwest...................................................................................................29

5.3 Northeast....................................................................................................30

5.4 West Central...............................................................................................30

5.5 Twin Cities.................................................................................................31

5.6 Southwest...................................................................................................32

5.7 Southeast....................................................................................................33

6.0 Needs......................................................................................................................34

6.1 Introduction................................................................................................34

6.2 Northwest...................................................................................................37

6.3 Northeast....................................................................................................83

6.4 West Central.............................................................................................136

6.5 Twin Cities...............................................................................................180

6.6 Southwest.................................................................................................226

6.7 Southeast..................................................................................................250

7.0 Transmission Owning Utilities ............................................................................287

7.1 Introduction (mention transformer reporting required) ..........................287

7.2 American Transmission Company, LLC .................................................289

7.3 Dairyland Power Cooperative..................................................................290

7.4 East River Electric Power Cooperative....................................................291

7.5 Great River Energy ..................................................................................292

7.6 Hutchinson Utilities Commission............................................................293

7.7 ITC Midwest, LLC...................................................................................294

7.8 L&O Power Cooperative .........................................................................296

7.9 Marshall Municipal Utilities....................................................................297

7.10 Minnesota Power .....................................................................................298

7.11 Minnkota Power Cooperative ..................................................................301

7.12 Missouri River Energy Services ..............................................................302

7.13 Northern States Power Cooperative.........................................................303

7.14 Otter Tail Power Company ......................................................................306

7.15 Rochester Public Utilities ........................................................................308

7.16 Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency .......................................309

7.17 Willmar Municipal Utilities.....................................................................310

8.0 Renewable Energy Standards ..............................................................................311

8.1 Introduction..............................................................................................311

8.2 Reporting Utilities....................................................................................312

8.3 Compliance Summary..............................................................................313

8.4 Gap Analysis............................................................................................313

8.5 RES Requirements for Cap X 2020 Utilities ...........................................318

8.6 RES Studies .............................................................................................321

8.6.1 Corridor Study .............................................................................322

8.6.2 RES Update Study .......................................................................322

8.6.3 CVS Study ...................................................................................323

8.6.4 Dispersed Renewable Generation (DRG) Study..........................324

8.7 Specific Transmission Lines....................................................................324

8.8 Transmission Beyond 2025......................................................................325

8.9 Policy Issues.............................................................................................326

8.8.1 Cost Allocation ............................................................................326

8.8.2 Other Demands for Renewable Energy .......................................326

8.10 Transmission Expansion Scenario to Meat Minnesota RES....................327

8.11 Interconnection Issues .............................................................................329