Crews are preparing the project area for construction. Tree-clearing and vegetation management which will start mid-September of 2020.
The project will re-route approximately 3 miles of a 500-kilovolt transmission line located near Chisholm, Minnesota. The line relocation will allow Hibbing Taconite Company to expand their mining operations to the east. The new route will include removing and replacing approximately 13 steel lattice towers.
Xcel Energy has been working with local government, industry representatives, landowners and other stakeholders over the past two years to develop an acceptable new location for the transmission line. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a permit application for the project in 2019.
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