PPSA Annual Hearing and Potluck

December 3rd, 2008

Yes, it’s baaaaaaaaack!  It’s the Power Plant Siting Act Annual Hearing and Potluck.  It’s from 10:00 a.m. to high noon only, no evening session, so this is it!  Bring your Comments, your critical thinking cap, and a dish to pass!  Bring your own plate and silverware so we can make it nearly ZERO WASTE!

Here it is, direct from the PUC:


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 10:00 to 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 30, 2008.

Metro Square Building
Small Hearing Room, Third Floor
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 Commission’s activities, duties, or policies pursuant to the Power Plant Siting Act, Minnesota Statutes section 216E.001-.18, or its Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Rules, Minnesota Rules chapter 7849.5020 to 7849.6500.

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 Commission’s offices at the address above by the close of business on January 31, 2008. 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.

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


Power Plant Siting and Transmission Line Routing Program Annual Hearing
Tuesday, December 30, 2008

10:00 AM start time
Utilities represented: Energy Facilities, Electricity, Natural Gas

Agenda – Public Hearing

Annual Review of Energy Facilities Permitting Programs

I. Introductions
II. Overview of Programs
a.   Public Utilities Commission – Facility Permitting Unit
b.   Department of Commerce – Energy Facility Permitting Unit
c.   PUC and DOC coordination of authorities and processes
III. Projects Reviewed
a. Projects completed in 2008
b. Pending and anticipated projects
i. Electric Facilities Subject to Power Plant Siting Act
1. Generating Plants
2. Transmission Lines
ii. Other Jurisdictional Energy Facilities
1. Wind Projects
2. Pipelines
IV. Public Questions and Comments
V. Adjourn

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