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PUC kills certificate of need for Big Stone II lines


WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has killed the certificate of need for the transmission lines that would have served the failed Big Stone II power plant in eastern South Dakota.

But the PUC has kept the route permit for the transmission lines open for one year to give the power plant's partners time to find other parties that may want to construct the proposed lines.

Bret Exnes, a PUC facility planner, said the situation is unusual.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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