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Studies and Reports > 2009 MN Biennial Report > NE Planning Zone > Needs: 6.3.3 Long Lake – Badoura – Pequot Lakes Area

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Transmission Projects Report 2009
Section 6.3: Northeast Zone
p. 89

6.3.3 Long Lake – Badoura – Pequot Lakes Area

Tracking Number. 2003-NE-N3

Utility. Minnesota Power and Great River Energy

Inadequacy. The problems are line overloading and voltage support in the area. These inadequacies were discussed fully in the 2005 Minnesota Biennial Transmission Projects Report in a separate certification document entitled Biennial Transmission Projects Report, Certification of a High-Voltage Transmission Line, Badoura Project document.

This Tracking Number was combined with Tracking Number 2005-NE-N1 (Long Lake – Badoura) in 2007 and Tracking Number 2005-NE-N1 has been eliminated.

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Alternatives. The alternatives were examined in the certification document.

Analysis. The Commission issued its order on May 25, 2006, certifying that the Badoura Project is needed and is a priority electric transmission project. In March 2007, GRE and MP submitted a route permit application for the Badoura Project and the Commission issued a route permit for the project in November 2007.

Schedule. Construction activities began in the fall of 2008. At this time it is anticipated that the Badoura to Long Lake and Badoura to Pine River portions of the project will be placed in service fourth quarter 2009. Construction on the Pequot Lakes to Pine River segment is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2010 and be completed by the end of second quarter 2010 while the Badoura to Birch Lake line is anticipated to be completed by fourth quarter 2010.

PUC Docket Numbers. CN-05-867 (Certificate of Need)
TL-07-76 (Route Permit)


Transmission Projects Report 2009
Section 6.3: Northeast Zone
p. 90

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