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Studies and Reports > 2009 MN Biennial Report > WC Planning Zone > Needs: 6.4.15 Sartell Distribution Substation

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Transmission Projects Report 2009
Section 6.4: West Central Zone
p. 170

6.4.15 Sartell Distribution Substation

Tracking Number: 2009-WC-N4

Utility: Great River Energy

Inadequacy: Load has continued to grow in the Sartell Area, and additional resources are necessary. The distribution transformer at LeSauk and the feeder that serves the Sartell area will be overloaded in the short term due to load growth in the area. Most of the load growth is coming from increased residential and commercial demand.

A map of the Sartell area is shown on the following page.

Alternatives: The alternatives for this area include rebuilding/reconductoring of overloaded equipment and establishing a new distribution substation. Stearns Electric Association recommended that the best value alternative for serving growing loads in the area is to establish a new distribution substation. This new Sartell distribution substation will be established on a radial 2.5 mile 115 kV line that will tap the 0.5 mile 115 kV line between LeSauk Tap and LeSauk distribution sub.

Analysis: As described in this Biennial Report under the West St. Cloud area section (Tracking Number 2003-WC-N9), GRE, Stearns Electric Association and Xcel Energy are planning to covert the LeSauk distribution substation to 115 kV in late 2009. Conversion of LeSauk will require construction of under ½ mile of 115 kV line tapping the West St. Cloud to Fisher Hills 115 kV line.

Schedule: Stearns Electric Association plans to energize the Sartell distribution substation in the 2010 timeframe.


Transmission Projects Report 2009
Section 6.4: West Central Zone
p. 171

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