My name is Pam Rasmussen, and I manage the permitting of electronic transmission projects at Xcel Energy. As you may know, Xcel Energy is proposing major improvements to its electric infrastructure in south Minneapolis. I am writing to provide you information and to invite you to upcoming open houses.

The existing electric infrastructure in the area is insufficient to meet growing demand and capacity requirements. To ensure decades of reliable electricity to service homes and businesses in south Minneapolis, Xcel Energy is proposing the following improvements as part of the Hiawatha Project:

A new 115kV/13.8kV substation (Hiawatha) near the Lake Street and Hiawatha corridor that will connect the existing 115kV transmission line along Hwy 55.
A new 115kV/13.8kV substation (Midtown) located in the Midtown/Interstate 35W area.
Two new 115kV transmission lines located between the two substations.

Xcel Energy is actively communicating with the project stakeholders- including you- to determine the most suitable design and location of the proposed infrastructure. We are committed to working with you and area homeowners and businesses to develop a project application that best meets the energy needs of south Minneapolis.

Xcel Energy is hosting four open houses to provide the Community with information about our proposal, an opportunity to ask questions and a forum to obtain their input as we begin to consider project design, transmission line routes and substation sites for the project. The input received will be used to develop a project application that we expect to submit in early 2009. The open houses will have information about the issues such as project need and benefits; sitting and routing; infrastructure design, construction and operation, permitting processes, and public outreach activities.

Dates/Times: Wednesday, October 29th 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 6th 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Midtown Global Market- Greenway Conference Room (basement level) 920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis