PPSA Annual Hearing Update

January 15th, 2007

Bob Cupit sent around a notice with an agenda, and remember, it’s a potluck! I’ll leave the grrrrrrrrls at home.

Heads up Bob, bring an organization chart that addresses DoC and PUC, and, as below, PUC and DOC coordination of authorities and process efficiency efforts!

Here’s the official notice:

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Notice of Annual Hearing

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the staff of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will convene the annual public hearing on the Power Plant Siting and Transmission Line Routing Program from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, in the Small Hearing Room at the Commissionâ??s offices on the third floor of the Metro Square Building, 121 7th Place East, Suite 350, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55101.

The annual hearing is intended to advise the public of matters relating to the siting of large electric power generating plants and routing of high voltage transmission lines and to afford interested persons an opportunity to be heard regarding any aspects of the Commissionâ??s activities, duties, or policies pursuant to the Power Plant Siting Act, Minnesota Statutes section 216E.001-.18 (renumbered from 116C.51-.69), or its Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Rules, Minnesota Rules chapter 4400.

The Commission has prepared an Agenda for the meeting, available on its webpage at


At the hearing the public will be afforded an opportunity to be heard through the presentation of oral or written statements. Written statements may also be submitted for inclusion in the annual hearing record by delivery to the Commissionâ??s offices at the address above by the close of business on February 2, 2007. The staff recognizes that the time and location makes it difficult for all interested persons to attend, and emphasizes that written comments are encouraged and will be given equal consideration.

The Commission staff will prepare a written report regarding the matters discussed at the annual hearing within thirty days after the close of the hearing. This report will be provided to the Commission and will appear on its webpage.

Direct all inquiries and written comments regarding the annual hearing to: Bob Cupit, Phone 651-201-2255, email: bob.cupit@state.mn.us.

Public HearingAnnual Review of Energy Facilities Permitting ProgramsJanuary 23, 2007 2:00 PM
3rd Floor Small Hearing Room
121 7th Place East
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101


I. Introductions
II. Overview of Programs

A. Public Utilities Commission â?? Facility Permitting Unit
B. Department of Commerce â?? Energy Facility Permitting Unit
C. PUC and DOC coordination of authorities and process efficiency efforts

III. Projects Reviewed

A. Projects completed in 2006
B. Pending and anticipated projects

Electric Facilities Subject to Power Plant Siting Act

1. Generating Plants
2. Transmission Lines

Other Jurisdictional Energy Facilities

1. Wind Projects
2. Pipelines

IV. Public Questions and Comments
V. Adjourn

Bob Cupit
Senior Facility Planner
Reliability and Facilities Permitting
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
Phone: 651-201-2255
121 7th Place East, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55101-2147


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