The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a presidential permit to pave way for Minnesota Power’s Great Northern Transmission Line (GNTL), which is designed to deliver clean energy from Canada’s hydropower resources to Minnesota.

The permit is a major regulatory approval required for building transmission lines across the international border between Manitoba and Minnesota, which will be connected to the Manitoba Hydro’s Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project.

Approval of the permit is the final step in a four-year process, which included comprehensive agency review and voluntary community engagement by Minnesota Power, a utility company of ALLETE.

“Minnesota Power already has exceeded Minnesota’s 25% renewable standard and is well-positioned to meet future decreased carbon emissions goals.”

ALLETE’s chairman, president, and CEO Al Hodnik said: “The Great Northern Transmission Line is a crucial link in Minnesota Power’s EnergyForward strategy of balancing renewable and traditional energy sources.

“Minnesota Power already has exceeded Minnesota’s 25% renewable standard and is well-positioned to meet future decreased carbon emissions goals.

“DOE’s issuance of this permit is the latest example of how we’re answering the nation’s call to transform its energy landscape while growing ALLETE.

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“Minnesota Power was forged from renewable hydropower 110 years ago, and that sustainable ethos lives on in this project that will deliver hundreds of megawatts of carbon-free hydropower to our customers.”

Construction work for GNTL is expected to commence from next year and will have capacity to deliver 383MW of renewable hydropower purchased from Manitoba Hydro to Minnesota Power’s customers beginning in 2020.