Minnesota Power proposes new transmission from Canada down

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Minnesota Power, a division of ALLETE, is proposing the construction of new transmission from Winnipeg to the Mesabi Iron Range and eventually into Duluth to bring renewable, carbon-free energy from Canada and upgrade the Upper Midwest's electric system.

Minnesota Power has filed its intention with the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO), which manages grid reliability and electricity markets across 11 northern tier states and Manitoba.

Minnesota Power and Manitoba Hydro are proposing construction of a 500 kV line from Winnipeg to the Mesabi Iron Range to strengthen the electric grid, enhance regional reliability and promote a greater exchange of sustainable energy.  The line should be in service in 2020.

In partnership with American Transmission Co. (ATC), Minnesota Power is also evaluating the development of a double-circuit 345 kV line from the Iron Range to Duluth which should also be ready in 2020. In addition, they are accessing transmission alternatives in Wisconsin that would allow for the movement of more renewable energy in the Upper Midwest while at the same time strengthening electric reliability in the region.

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