A proposed transmission line from Big Stone to Ellendale, N.D., will be discussed at a series of open house meetings next week in northeast South Dakota.
The first meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Groton Area School. Other meetings are Feb. 26 at 11:30 a.m. at the Fireside Restaurant and Lounge in Ellendale, at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Amacher Auditorium/Britton-Hecla High School in Britton, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 27 at The Galley in Webster and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Milbank Visitor Center Community Room in Milbank. The meetings are scheduled to last 90 minutes.
The Big Stone South to Ellendale project would include about 150 to 175 miles in transmission lines from the Big Stone South substation to a new substation near Ellendale. Montana-Dakota Utilities and Otter Tail Power would jointly develop, construct and operate the tranmission line.
According to a news release, it would connect to other similar tranmission lines to improve reliability of the regional power system, increase capacity, enable renewable energy to be integrated into the system and boost the regional economy by creating constrution and operation jobs.
Project owners expect a three-year construction period beginning in 2016. According to the release, the line would cost $300 million to $340 million.
At the meetings, brief presentations will be given after the first half hour. Project team members will be available to answer questions before and after the presentation. Preliminary routes will also be discussed. For more information, see bssetransmissionline.com.