Public Open Houses will take place in February and March in communities in Southeastern Manitoba and in Winnipeg to present the preferred route for the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project.
"Based on feedback received from two previous rounds of public engagement and our ongoing environmental assessment, we have determined a preferred route that we are presenting to the public for input," said Shannon Johnson, Manager, Transmission Licensing and Environmental Assessment, Manitoba Hydro. (See full map of preferred route).
"Information and feedback gathered during the upcoming months will help to determine the final placement of the route and will contribute to the completion of the environmental impact statement," added Johnson. "The final preferred route will be submitted this summer for regulatory approval to Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship and the National Energy Board."
The Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project is needed to both export surplus electricity and enhance the reliability of the province's electricity supply in emergency and drought situations. The 500-kV alternating current line will originate at the Dorsey Converter Station, located near Rosser, northwest of Winnipeg, and travel south around Winnipeg. From southeast Winnipeg, the transmission line will continue south crossing the Manitoba-Minnesota border south of Piney, Manitoba, connecting to the Great Northern Transmission Line, which will be constructed by Minnesota Power.
Questions concerning the open houses and the project can be addressed to [email protected]. Visit www.hydro.mb.ca/mmtp for a map of the preferred route and additional information on the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project.