In-service date: December 2014
Voltage: 115 kV line
Estimated length: 2 miles
Estimated cost: $54 million
The Hiawatha Project consists of two 115-kilovolt underground transmission lines along 28th Street East in south Minneapolis. The 1.5 mile-long lines connect to a new substation near the Hiawatha corridor and another new substation at Oakland Ave South. Construction on the Hiawatha Transmission Project was completed in December, 2014.
In May, 2016, the Midtown Substation was chosen as a Top Project (external link) of 2015 by Finance and Commerce.
In June, 2015, the Minneapolis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Minnesota (AIA Minneapolis) presented Xcel Energy with a Merit Award for the Hiawatha West Substation Enclosure.
In December, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota awarded Xcel Energy the 2015 Honor Award for the substation design. Below is a video of The 2015 AIA Minnesota Honor Awards celebrating all 11 winning projects, including Xcel Energy's Hiawatha West and Midtown Substation Enclosures.
The Hiawatha Project is designed to meet the growing need for electricity in south Minneapolis and to make major improvements to the existing electric infrastructure in the area. The Hiawatha Project also provides the transmission capacity needed to maintain reliable service to the area and to support continued economic development in the future.