Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Minnesota Legislature
Skip Navigation Links > > >

Minnesota Agencies

Information on Minnesota State Agencies, Boards, Task Forces, and Commissions

Compiled by the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library


Power Plant Siting Advisory Task Force

Also known as:
Power Plant Siting Advisory Committee
Function: Makes recommendations to the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board concerning rules, procedures, and issues relating to siting large electric generating plants and routing high voltage transmission lines in Minnesota.
Active dates:1977 -
Preceded by:
Power Plant Siting Advisory Committee
History: On June 20, 1972, Governor Wendell Anderson announced the appointment of a citizen's task force to advise the Minnesota Environmental Quality Council (EQC) on power plant siting. The 23 member group was selected from a list of candidates submitted by the EQC Citizen's Advisory Council.

In 1973 the Minnesota Legislature passed the Power Plant Siting Act. Minnesota Laws 1973, chapter 591, codified as Minnesota Statutes sections 116C.51 - 116C.69, and recodified as 216E in 2005. The Power Plant Siting Act requires that any person who wants to build a Large Electric Power Generating plant (LEPGP) or a High Voltage Transmission Line (HVTL), as those terms
are defined in the Act, is required to obtain state approval for a specific site for the plant or specific route for the transmission line.
In 1973 the authority to create committees was also enacted.

In 1977 the Minnesota legislature substantially amended the Minnesota Power Plant Siting Act of 1973. On June 29, 1977, the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board appointed 27 members to the general 1977-78 Power Plant Siting Advisory Committee (see notebook for membership list). The committee was to meet for the first time on July 7, 1977.

1986 Minn. Laws Chap. 629 Sec. 19 changed the group's name from Power Plant Siting Advisory Committee to Power Plant Siting Advisory Task Force.

The Power Plant Siting Advisory Task Force was reviewed by the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy (LCPFP) in 2013 as part of their biennial duty required by Minn. Stat. 3.885 Subd. 11. The LCPFP's 2013 Recommendations called for keeping the task force.
Membership: Up to 25 members (at least 1 representative of each regional development commission, county, municipal corporation, and the town board from each county in which a site or route is proposed to be located); appointed by Environmental Quality Board; terms not specified; members reimbursed for expenses.
Notes: State Register 1989: "Committee not appointed in fiscal year 1989." State Register 1990: "Committee not appointed in fiscal year 1990." Similarly, a committee was not appointed in fiscal year 1991 or 1992.
Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
Record last updated: 02/05/2015
 

Additional print information on this group may be available in the Library's collection of agency notebooks. Please contact a librarian for assistance. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

Agencies image