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Map of Proposed Route Options:

Xcel Energy filed a Route Permit application with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in October 2023. State rules require we propose at least two route options for the Commission to review. Those route options are detailed on the map below.

Connector Routes: The connector routes (A, B, C, and D) on the map below are route segments proposed in the application that could facilitate a connection or switch between one portion of the Blue route and one portion of the Purple route. Meaning, the final route approved by the Commission could be a combination of portions of the Blue and Purple routes with inclusion of one or more of the connector routes.

Route Width: In addition to the proposed route alignments shown on the map, route permit applications are required to include a “route width.” The route width allows flexibility to work with landowners to locate the alignment so as to reduce land use impacts to the extent possible. Xcel Energy is proposing a route width of 1000 feet (500 feet on either side of the proposed alignment) in most locations along the route alternatives.

Substation siting areas: In addition to the end point substations in Sherburne and Lyon counties, the project will require two additional substations along the routes. The potential siting areas for the Intermediate Substation and the Voltage Support Substation are labeled on the map below, and have wider route widths to accommodate the substation footprints.