CapX2020 is a massive joint initiative that includes 11 transmission-owning utilities in Minnesota and the surrounding region. The purpose is to expand the electric transmission grid to ensure continued reliable and affordable service. The new transmission lines are being built in phases designed to meet this increasing demand as well as to support renewable energy expansion.
Included here is a sampling of images from the project; from the ground to the air. All photos are courtesy of CapX2020.
The projects are:
- Bemidji-Grand Rapids, 68 miles, 230 kV
- Fargo-St. Cloud, about 210 miles, 345 kV
- Monticello-St. Cloud, about 28 miles, 345 kV
- Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse, 150 miles, 345 kV
- Brookings County-Hampton, 250 miles, 345 kV
The CapX2020 utilities - investor-owned, electric cooperatives and municipals - include those that serve the majority of customers in Minnesota and the surrounding region.
The individual lines are in different phases of completion; line construction started in 2011 and is expected to continue through 2015. The Certificate of Need (CN) application for the three 345 kV lines was filed with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MN PUC) in August 2007; it was granted in May 2009. A CoN application was filed for the Bemidji-Grand Rapids 230 kV project in March 2008; it was granted in July 2009.
Route Permit applications were filed with the MN PUC for the following:
- Bemidji-Grand Rapids 230 kV project – filed July 4, 2008; granted Nov. 5, 2010; project construction started in summer 2011
- Brookings County-Hampton project – filed Dec. 29, 2008; granted Sept. 14, 2010 and March 1, 2011; construction will start in April 2012
- Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse project – filed Jan. 19, 2010; administrative law judge route recommendation Feb. 8, 2012
- Fargo-St. Cloud project – filed Oct. 1, 2009; granted June 10, 2011; construction started near Alexandria in early 2012
- Monticello-St. Cloud project – filed April 8, 2009; granted July 12, 2010; energized and placed in service in December 2011
A Facility Permit was filed Nov. 22, 2010 with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission for the Brookings County-Hampton project; it was granted June 14, 2011.
A joint Certificate of Corridor Compatibility and Route Permit application was filed Oct. 3, 2011 with the North Dakota Public Service Commission for the Fargo-St. Cloud project.
A Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity was filed Jan. 3, 2011 with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for the Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse project.