Fargo-St. Cloud 345 kV project
The Fargo-St. Cloud 345 kV transmission line will improve community reliability in the southern Red River Valley and the Fargo, Alexandria and St. Cloud areas. The project will also support additional generation development, including renewable generation, in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota.
The double circuit capable 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line is being built between a new Bison Substation west of Fargo, North Dakota, the existing Alexandria Switching Station in Alexandria, Minnesota, and the new Quarry Substation west of St. Cloud.
Construction of the Fargo-St. Cloud 345 kV transmission line started in 2012 and is scheduled for completion in 2015.
The Minnesota Public
Utilities Commission must grant two approvals before
construction – a Certificate of Need and a
Route Permit. An environmental report is prepared
by the Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security
during the need process, and an Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS) is written during routing.
North Dakota permitting
Before a high voltage
transmission line can be built in North Dakota, three
permits must be filed with the North Dakota Public
Service Commission – a Certificate of Public
Convenience and Necessity (CPCN), a Certificate of
Corridor Compatibility and a Route Permit.