To help meet the growing need for improved electricity transmission, SMMPA is a sponsoring utility in Minnesota's Electric Transmission System.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has concluded that ensuring that Minnesota consumers continue to enjoy the benefits of a reliable electric transmission infrastructure capable of providing those consumers with access to low-priced generation is the most significant electricity issue currently facing the state. Construction of new and upgraded transmission lines to deliver electricity has not kept pace with growth in consumption and increasing demand for reliability and power quality.

The new Minnesota transmission planning process can help fill this need by providing the public and policy makers a better opportunity for meaningful input in the early stages of transmission planning. Through increased public participation and elimination of redundant individual certificate of need proceedings, the state transmission planning process is designed to provide a more expeditious review and certification of transmission projects in the public interest.