Manitoba Hydro announces final route for transmission line to Minnesota

Manitoba Hydro has announced the final preferred route for its Manitoba Minnesota Transmission Project.

As part of the process for securing a license for the transmission line under The Environment Act of Manitoba, the utility filed an environmental impact statement with provincial regulators.

The route will travel from Dorsey Station northwest of Winnipeg to the Manitoba-Minnesota border. Detailed mapping of the route is available on Manitoba Hydro’s website.

Manitoba Hydro and U.S. utility Minnesota Power signed an agreement in 2011 for the sale of 250 MW of electricity to Minnesota Power from 2020 to 2035, and this agreement required an additional interconnection between Manitoba and the U.S.

Installation of this transmission line will allow Manitoba to sell surplus electricity to markets in the U.S. and will double the province’s capability to import electricity during periods of drought or other system emergencies, according to a press release.

 “Filing of the EIS with Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship begins the formal regulatory review process for the project,” said Shane Mailey, Manitoba Hydro’s vice president of transmission. “The selection of the route and submission of the EIS are the culmination of several years of planning, environmental studies and engagement with a broad range of interests.”

The estimated cost of the project is $350 million, with an anticipated in-service date of mid-2020, subject to regulatory approval.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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