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Siting Cross Border Utility Projects

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Venue: Ramsey County Room / Landmark Center  Saint Paul, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $15.00

The Intersection of Federal and State Authority and the Presidential Permitting Process


Deadline to Register:  Monday, November 14, 2016


Minnesota Power is building the Great Northern Transmission Line (GNTL) to bring clean, emission-free energy into Minnesota, meet growing energy demands and increase system reliability. The Great Northern Transmission Line, which will deliver hydropower generated by Manitoba Hydro to customers in the United States, will consist of a 224-mile, 500 kV transmission line from the Minnesota-Manitoba border to the Blackberry 500 kV Substation near Grand Rapids, Minnesota, as well as associated substation facilities and transmission system modifications. Because it crosses an international border a Presidential permit from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) is required.  This presentation will address the Presidential permit process, federal interactions with the state of Minnesota environmental review and MPUC Certificate of Need and Route Permit requirements, and the permitting processes in Canada.  The new DOE Final Rule for the Integrated Interagency Pre-Application (IIP) Process issued on September 21, 2016 will be discussed.  In releasing the new rule, DOE highlighted GNTL as example for federal interagency cooperation and stated Minnesota Power’s preapplication work with DOE coordination “gave us a glimpse of the rule’s potential.”

*This presentation will not address matters pending in any open dockets before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.  

Please join us for lunch beginning at Noon, followed by the program from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Box lunch will be provided.  Special meal requests need to be received no later than Monday, November 14.


David Moeller joined Minnesota Power in Duluth, Minnesota as an attorney in 2005. At Minnesota Power, David handles regulatory matters before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the North Dakota Public Service Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission related to transmission, renewable energy, emission-reduction projects, resource planning, conservation, and rate reviews.  David is project counsel for the Great Northern Transmission Line, a proposed international 500 kV transmission line between Manitoba and Minnesota with responsibilities for all federal and state regulatory approvals, power purchase agreements and development arrangements.  Prior to joining Minnesota Power, David was a staff attorney at Farmers' Legal Action Group. He is a board member of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Legal Services Advisory Committee (LSAC) and St. Louis River Quest.  David is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and Macalester College.  David grew up on a family farm near Hardwick, Minnesota, in southwest Minnesota.


CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE credit applied for | Event Code: 230997

Remote Participation:

Teleconferencing/webcasting are not available.


Public Utilities Law Section Member:  $10.00
MSBA Member But Not a Member of the Public Utilities Law Section:  $15.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $15.00
Law Students:  Free

Join the Public Utilities Law Section:  $32.00  MSBA members who are not members of the Public Utilities Law Section can join the section & attend this CLE for FREE.  Click here to add the section to your membership and then contact Shawn Carlson to register for this meeting at no charge.

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Questions?  Contact: Shawn Carlson l l 612-278-6305

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