Canada’s NEB approves Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project

In a recent ruling, Canada’s National Energy Board said, “The [Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission] Project is and will be required by the present and future public convenience and necessity.” Therefore, the board recommends that the Governor in Council approve the board’s issuance of a certificate.

The board says the public interest is inclusive of all Canadians and refers to a balance of economic, environmental and social interests that change as society’s values and preferences evolve over time.

NEB issued a decision Nov. 15 regarding Manitoba Hydro’s December 2016 application to construct and operate the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project.

Manitoba Hydro applied to construct and operate the project, which includes a 500-kV international power line from the Dorsey Converter Station near Rosser, Manitoba, to the border of the U.S., as well as modifications to existing international and intraprovincial transmission lines and other associated transmission facilities.

Manitoba Hydro is a crown corporation that owns, operates and maintains electricity generation, transmission and distribution facilities in the province of Manitoba.

The other half of this project, in the U.S., is the Great Northern Transmission Line, which received federal approval in November 2016. It will allow utility Minnesota Power to wheel in hydropower from Manitoba Hydro by connecting with the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project at the international border.

The end goal is to deliver 383 MW of renewable hydropower purchased from Manitoba Hydro to Minnesota Power’s customers beginning in 2020.

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