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SF 716

as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 04/04/2013 02:30pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to energy; regulating the assessment of need and routing of certain
transmission lines.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginTRANSMISSION LINE; CERTIFICATE OF NEED REQUIRED
AND EVIDENCE REQUIRED.
new text end

new text begin (a) A high-voltage transmission line with a capacity of 100 kilovolts or more
proposed to be located within a city in the metropolitan area as defined in Minnesota
Statutes, section 473.121, subdivision 2, for which a route permit application was filed
between June 2011 and August 2011, and a certificate of need application was filed
between June 2012 and August 2012, to rebuild approximately eight miles of 69 kilovolt
transmission with a high-voltage transmission line to meet local area distribution needs,
must be approved in a certificate of need proceeding conducted under Minnesota Statutes,
section 216B.243. The certificate of need may be approved only if the commission finds
by clear and convincing evidence that there is no feasible and available distribution level
alternative to the transmission line.
new text end

new text begin (b) Further proceedings regarding the routing of a high-voltage transmission line
described in this section shall be suspended until the Public Utilities Commission has
made a determination that the transmission line is needed.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and
applies to route permits and certificate of need applications pending on or after that date.
new text end