PSC sets Minot hearing on proposed Xcel transmission project Aug. 18

Submitted Photo A map shows the route of a new electrical transmission line proposed by Northern States Power, doing business as Xcel Energy.

The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing in Minot on Aug. 18, regarding a proposal for a transmission line to be built in Ward and McHenry counties.

Northern States Power, doing business as Xcel Energy, has submitted an application for a permit for an approximately 20.5-mile long, 230 kilovolt transmission line and associated facilities. Xcel is proposing the project to address reliability needs in the city of Minot and the surrounding area. The project would connect from a new substation, the Magic City substation, to an existing substation near the city of Velva. The majority of the proposed line will follow an existing transmission line, which will remain in service during construction and will then be removed after the new line is energized. The estimated cost of the project is $50.5 million.

The hearing begins at 11 a.m. in the Sleep Inn. Any comments from members of the public must be received at the hearing to be part of the record.