Minnesota Energy Connection

Proposal will deliver new renewable energy to customers to replace retiring coal plants.

Current Status:

Xcel Energy filed a Route Permit Application with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Oct. 30, 2023 detailing the proposed route options for the MN Energy Connection project.
The Commission and Department of Commerce will now begin their formal review, including scheduling public meetings and hearings in the coming months. This fact sheet details the Minnesota Regulatory Process. 

The Commission will review two applications, the Certificate of Need and Route Permit application, in a
combined proceeding.

You can read the Certificate of Need filing here and the Route Permit application here.

We also encourage you to sign up to receive email updates from the Commission when new items are filed in the docket. To receive email notifications when new documents are filed in the Route Permit docket visit: https://www.edockets.state.mn.us/EFiling, select Subscribe to eDockets and follow the
prompts. The docket number for the Certificate of Need is 22-131 and the docket number for the Route Permit application is 22-132 (22 stands for 2022, the year when information was first filed in this proceeding).

Note – Subscribing may result in a large number of emails.

Upcoming Process & Meetings:

The Commission and Department of Commerce will schedule meetings and public hearings, and we will work with them to notify landowners when meetings are scheduled.

The schedule will also be posted on this website.