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EIS-0377: DOE Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Notice of Public Hearings

 Big Stone II Power Plant and Transmission Project

Western Area Power Administration (Western), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Upper Great Plains Customer Service Region, and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Department of Defense, as cooperating agencies, announce the availability of the Draft Big Stone II Power Plant and Transmission Project (Project) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for public review and comment. Otter Tail Corporation (dba Otter Tail Power Company (OTP)), Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Great River Energy (GRE), Heartland Consumers Power District (HCPD), Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency and Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (dba Missouri River Energy Services (MRES)) (collectively referred to as the project co-owners) propose to construct and operate the Big Stone II 600-megawatt (MW) (net) coal-fired power plant and ancillary equipment and facilities in eastern South Dakota and up to 129 miles of new or upgraded transmission lines and substation modifications in South Dakota and Minnesota. the proposed plant would be built in response to growing base-load energy needs of the co-owners.