Details for Notice of Availability of Draft EnvironmentalImpact Statement andPublic Information Meetings

Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental
Impact Statement and
Public Information Meetings

In the Matter of Dodge County Wind, LLCs Certificate of Need, LWECS Site Permit, and HVTL Route Permit applications of for the Dodge County Wind Project and associated facilities in Steele, Dodge, and Olmsted counties in Minnesota
Docket Numbers: IP6981/CN-17-306, WS-17-307, TL-17-308
The Minnesota Department of Commerce (Department) has released the draft environmental impact statement (draft EIS) for the proposed Dodge County Wind Project. The Department will hold two public information meetings to provide opportunities for public comment on the draft EIS:
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
1 p.m. and 6 p. m.
Minnesota Wi-Fi Performing Arts Center
101 16th Street NE
Kasson, MN 55944
Bad weather? To find out if a meeting has been postponed due to bad weather call 1-855-731-6208 or visit
Meeting Information
Public meetings start on time. Arrive a few minutes early so you have time to sign in, pick up materials, and find a seat.
Attendees will have the opportunity to offer oral and/or written comments into the record.
Department of Commerce staff will preside over the meeting. Department staff, as well as staff from Dodge County Wind, LLC, will be available to answer questions about the project and the process.
Each meeting will offer the same information and opportunity to comment.
Each meeting will last until everyone at the meeting has had an opportunity to speak.
Comments received at the meetings and during the comment period will be used to develop the final EIS for this project.
Submit Comments
Please focus your comments on information that will help answer the following question(s):
What information needs to be clarified or included in the draft EIS to ensure that the final EIS is complete and accurate?
Comment Period: Comments will be accepted through Friday, August 30, 2019.
Please include the docket numbers (17-306, 17-307, or 17-308) in all communications.
U.S. Mail: Suzanne Steinhauer, Environmental Review Manager
Minnesota Department of Commerce
85 7th Place East, Suite 280, St. Paul MN 55101
Fax: 651-539-0109
Important: Comments will be made available to the public, except in limited circumstances consistent with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. Personally identifying information is not edited or deleted from submissions.
Draft EIS Availability
The draft EIS can be viewed on the Departments website: Select Wind Turbines and then select Dodge County Wind Project
It can also be viewed through the Minnesota Public Utilities Commissions website: Select eDockets, enter the year (17) and the docket number (306,307, or 308), and then select Search.
The draft EIS will be available for viewing at the following public libraries:
-Owatonna Public Library, 105 North Elm Avenue, Owatonna, MN 55060
-Dodge Center Public Library, 13 First Avenue NW, Dodge Center, MN 55927
-Kasson Public Library, 607 1st Street NW, Kasson, MN 55944
-Rochester Public Library, 101 2nd Street SE, Rochester, MN 56098
Print copies of the draft EIS will be available for review at the public meetings. A limited number of electronic copies of the draft EIS will also be available.
Project Description
Dodge County Wind, LLC (DCW or applicant) is proposing to build a 170-megawatt wind farm in Dodge and Steele Counties in southeast Minnesota. The applicant is also proposing to build a 21-mile to 26-mile long 345-kilovolt high-voltage transmission line through Dodge and Olmsted Counties to connect the wind farm to the electric grid. DCW anticipates that construction will begin in 2020, and the project will be in- service in late 2020.

As published in the Rochester Post Bulletin.