Minnesota electric utilities with transmission lines in the state are required by law to conduct transmission planning and identify reasonably foreseeable inadequacies in the electric transmission system. This process is particularly important for local government officials, but the general public is also encouraged to participate, and Community Wind advocates may want to pay particular attention as access to adequate transmission is often a key element for the success of a project.
In order to inform the public of the planning process and to solicit input from the public on possible inadequacies and activities that may affect demand for electricity, a series of webcasts will be held in mid-September. Each webcast relaties to a discrete portion of the state. Complete details for dates, times and access can be found in the attachments to this article.
The Public Utilities Commission requires a report on this planning process every two years. This is a reporting year, with the report being due November 1.