PPSA Annual Hearing and Potluck

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by admin on December 3, 2008 @ 8:30 pm

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

MISO queue as of 6/30/08

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Inquiring mines are wanting to know… WTF is the MISO queue?

It’s a long long list of generators that are wanting to interconnect, and have put their money down to get on the list and go through the many gyrations of studies that are necessary before they can interconnect to the grid and deliver electricity.

MISO = Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator

Here’s the MISO queue page, and it’s a pain to pull down the whole thing and import it, but have at it:

MISO Queue page

And here’s that big long “MISO queue” in Excel (not Xcel), downloaded last June, and it’s also broken down with a sheet for states in the midwest so you can play with it, like look at Illinois and sort for fuel type, and see that their’s a lot of wind in Illinois.  On the right hand side, some of them have links, and these are links to studies that have been completed on that project, and this often makes for interesting reading, if you’re a demented sort like moi.  I haven’t had time to do it since then, but when I do, I’ll post an update.  If you search this site for “MISO Queue” you can find one from December 2007 too.  Maybe others…

MISO Queue – June 30 2008

Check it out and have fun!  Knowing what’s out there is enough to make you scratch your head in wonder at those who think we should sell ND and SD wind to Chicago, HELLO, YAHOOS, there’s a lot of wind out there in Illinois.  Jeff Webb of MISO had that number on a post-it, just happened to have it, when I was crossing him for the CapX hearing.  When anyone tells you they need Dakotas wind in Illinois, ask them how much wind is in the MISO queue, and YOU will have that number to let them know otherwise.

image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace