Great River Energy letter
Read a letter from Great River Energy CEO David Saggau.


Information on the PUC filing regarding the permit transfer of the transmission line
On July 1, 2021, Great River Energy (GRE), on behalf of itself and Nexus Line, LLC filed a request with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for a partial transfer of the Construction Permit issued by the Minnesota Environmental Quality Council in Docket No. CUTR-1 on June 3, 1976. The Construction Permit serves as the legacy “Route Permit” for Great River Energy’s 400 kV HVDC high voltage transmission line and other facilities in Minnesota.  Minnesota Rule 7850.5000 governs the process for transferring permits for projects such as GRE’s HVDC line.  This rule requires the PUC to determine whether the prospective owner of a large energy facility, in this case Nexus Line, LLC, will be able to comply with the conditions of the approved permit.  As part of its review, the Commission may impose reasonable additional conditions on the permit and hold a public meeting to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the permit transfer.  The PUC docket number for the permit transfer is ET2/TL-21-434 and all the information regarding this transfer, including the construction permit, may be found on the PUC’s eDockets website.  The PUC is expected to decide on the permit transfer this fall.


Dakota Electric announcement of the board vote
Click here to view a press release about the vote regarding the sale of Coal Creek.


Initial Announcement
Great River Energy announced a change to their power supply portfolio recently. You can read the press release from Rainbow Energy Center and also view the infographic. Both will download as PDFs.


Carbon Capture
Great River Energy sought a buyer for Coal Creek Station that was going to utilize carbon capture, which many environmentalists and the White House support as necessary technology for our future. Click here to download the article.


infographic of renewable energy growth

Powerpoint about Coal Creek sale
A detailed Powerpoint (some parts redacted due to confidentiality agreements) about the sale of Coal Creek and the transmission line is available for download. Some highlights about the sale:

  • Provides better energy and capacity portfolio
  • Reduces coal exit costs
  • Preserves jobs
  • Selling HVDC system creates highest value at lowest risk

You can read about it on Great River Energy’s website and watch for more information in our August Circuits.