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Studies and Reports > 2009 MN Biennial Report > NE Planning Zone > Needs: 6.3.4 Central Lakes Area

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Transmission Projects Report 2009
Section 6.3: Northeast Zone
p. 91

6.3.4 Central Lakes Area

Tracking Number. 2003-NE-N4

Utility. Minnesota Power and Great River Energy

Inadequacy. The Central Lakes area is the area around Brainerd and west to the Baxter area. The need is due to an increasing demand for power causing a potential overload situation.

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Alternatives. The utilities have elected to construct a 115 kV line from the Southdale Substation to Minnesota Power’s Baxter-Dog Lake Tap 115 kV line (identified as 24 Line). A new 115 kV Scearcyville breaker station would be constructed at the tap point. The new line would create a looped 115 kV system with a third source being provided to the Brainerd substation from the west.

Analysis. The Commission granted a route permit for the project on March 19, 2009. Right-ofway and engineering activities are underway.

Schedule. Line construction is anticipated to begin Spring 2010 and expected to be energized by early First Quarter 2011.

PUC Docket Number. TL-08-712 (Route Permit)


Transmission Projects Report 2009
Section 6.3: Northeast Zone
p. 92

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