Developed with the Minnesota Department
of Agriculture, the agricultural
impact mitigation plan describes
the process in which the CapX2020 utilities will minimize impacts
to agricultural land during the construction process. It was released
in June 2009.
Manitoba Hydro Transmission Expansion Studies
Several studies have been conducted detailing issues related to transmission needs to increase the amount of electricity from hydro-power resources in Canada. Links to the studies are available here.
Industry report: Up to 200,000 full-time jobs could be created annually over two decades by expanding the transmission grid
This WIRES report, as estimated by the Brattle Group, examines the long-term transmission investment needs and associated employment, economic stimulus and other benefits in the United States and Canada. The report was released in May 2011.
Smart transmission: Modernizing the nation's high voltage electric transmission system
This WIRES report examines the emerging "smart grid," focusing on how modern technology addresses operational challenges confronting the North American bulk power system. It also describes innovations that are being installed within the transmission network. The report was released in January 2011.
Economic impact study
The economic impact study, conducted by the University of Minnesota Duluth's Bureau of Business and Economic Research, estimates the CapX2020 projects will result in the creation of thousands of construction and related jobs as well as collectively provide nearly $50 million in tax revenue to the four states in which the projects will be built. It was released in November 2010.
Dispersed renewable generation studies
Dispersed renewable generation studies were required as part of
the Next Generation Act of 2007. Phase One was completed in June
2008; Phase Two was completed in September 2009. The studies are
available on the Minnesota Office of Energy Security website.
Communited-based Energy Development
The Minnesota Department of Commerce is interested in promoting
Community-based Energy Development (C-BED) projects in Minnesota.
The department encouraged utilities to undertake a study to determine
how C-BED projects can be interconnected to the transmission system.
C-BED Interim Report was released in June
2006. The final CapX2020
C-BED Transmission Study Report was released in January
View PDF maps here:
West Central C-BED map
Southeast C-BED map
Southwest C-BED map
Northeast C-BED map
Northwest C-BED map
C-BED 800 MW generation
C-BED 1400 MW generation
Electric and magnetic
In 2002, the Minnesota Department of Health released a white
paper on electric and magnetic field (EMF) policy and
mitigation options evaluating EMF and health effects.
The CapX2020 interim
report was released in December 2004.
technical update was released in May 2005.
signed by Governor Pawlenty on May 25, 2005. The bill deals with
electric transmission, wind energy tariff, siting and routing authority
over large energy facilities, and encouraging hydrogen and fuel
Helpful links related to CapX2020
House of Representatives
Department of Commerce
Public Utilities Commission
Independent Transmission System Operator