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    Subdivision 1. List. The commission shall maintain a list of certified high-voltage
transmission line projects.
    Subd. 2. List development; transmission projects report. (a) By November 1 of each
odd-numbered year, a transmission projects report must be submitted to the commission by
each utility, organization, or company that:
(1) is a public utility, a municipal utility, a cooperative electric association, the generation and
transmission organization that serves each utility or association, or a transmission company; and
(2) owns or operates electric transmission lines in Minnesota.
(b) The report may be submitted jointly or individually to the commission.
(c) The report must:
(1) list specific present and reasonably foreseeable future inadequacies in the transmission
system in Minnesota;
(2) identify alternative means of addressing each inadequacy listed;
(3) identify general economic, environmental, and social issues associated with each
alternative; and
(4) provide a summary of public input related to the list of inadequacies and the role of local
government officials and other interested persons in assisting to develop the list and analyze
(d) To meet the requirements of this subdivision, reporting parties may rely on available
information and analysis developed by a regional transmission organization or any subgroup of
a regional transmission organization and may develop and include additional information as
    Subd. 3. Commission approval. By June 1 of each even-numbered year, the commission
shall adopt a state transmission project list and shall certify, certify as modified, or deny
certification of the projects proposed under subdivision 2. The commission may only certify a
project that is a high-voltage transmission line as defined in section 216B.2421, subdivision 2,
that the commission finds is:
(1) necessary to maintain or enhance the reliability of electric service to Minnesota
(2) needed, applying the criteria in section 216B.243, subdivision 3; and
(3) in the public interest, taking into account electric energy system needs and economic,
environmental, and social interests affected by the project.
    Subd. 4. List; effect. Certification of a project as a priority electric transmission project
satisfies section 216B.243. A certified project on which construction has not begun more than six
years after being placed on the list, must be reapproved by the commission.
    Subd. 5. Transmission inventory. The Department of Commerce shall create, maintain, and
update annually an inventory of transmission lines in the state.
    Subd. 6. Exclusion. This section does not apply to any transmission line proposal that has
been approved by, or was pending before, a local unit of government, the Environmental Quality
Board, or the Public Utilities Commission on August 1, 2001.
    Subd. 7. Transmission needed to support renewable resources. (a) Each entity subject to
this section shall determine necessary transmission upgrades to support development of renewable
energy resources required to meet objectives under section 216B.1691 and shall include those
upgrades in its report under subdivision 2.
(b) Transmission projects determined by the commission to be necessary to support a
utility's plan under section 216B.1691 to meet its obligations under that section must be certified
as a priority electric transmission project, satisfying the requirements of section 216B.243. In
determining that a proposed transmission project is necessary to support a utility's plan under
section 216B.1691, the commission must find that the applicant has met the following factors:
(1) that the transmission facility is necessary to allow the delivery of power from renewable
sources of energy to retail customers in Minnesota;
(2) that the applicant has signed or will sign power purchase agreements, subject to
commission approval, for resources to meet the renewable energy objective that are dependent
upon or will use the capacity of the transmission facility to serve retail customers in Minnesota;
(3) that the installation and commercial operation date of the renewable resources to satisfy
the renewable energy objective will match the planned in-service date of the transmission facility;
(4) that the proposed transmission facility is consistent with a least-cost solution to the
utility's need for additional electricity.
History: 2001 c 212 art 7 s 30; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 56; 1Sp2003 c 11 art 2 s 8; 2005 c
97 art 1 s 7; art 2 s 3

NOTE:Subdivision 7, paragraph (b), as added by Laws 2005, chapter 97, article 2, section
3, expires January 1, 2010. Laws 2005, chapter 97, article 2, section 7.