Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 20 NO. 11  -  November 2017

Open House for new 69kV line


"Electric service to 700-900 homes would be improved by the project," said Line Superintendent Daryl Pederson.

Although North Itasca Electric would build and maintain the substation, the 14 mile, $5.5 million transmission line between the new substation and Bigfork would be built by Great River Energy.

The new line would look similar to the recently completed line running between the Ortman substation north of Effie to the Bigfork substation with 65-75 foot single wood poles spaced 350-400 feet apart. The easement would be 100 feet, 50 feet on each side of the centerline, but since the poles would run on the edge of the road easement along Highway 7, only about 50 feet of new vegetation control would be needed along most of the route.

Now the project is underway. On Oct. 25, GRE hosted an open house showcasing the proposed line which would travel due east from the Bigfork substation on Highway 38 to Highway 7, south along Highway 7 about 11 miles and then east cross-country to the new substation.

The exact location of the route is preliminary, although initial permitting work has started with state and federal agencies. Forty-five landowners along the route were notified in early October of the project, and easement conversations with landowners will be held next summer. Construction will start after design and survey work are completed, with operation scheduled for spring 2020.

"We are very pleased to partner with Great River Energy in this project," said Brad Dolinski, CEO "It will improve reliability and correct voltage issues for our Member-Owners in the Scenic area in a cost-effective way for our cooperative."

Comments from cooperative members and landowners are welcome. Contact GRE Senior Field Representative Dale Aukee at (763) 445-5978 or by email: daukee@grenergy.com.

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