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June 19, 2018

6/4/2018 3:54:00 PM
Exhibit F NOTICE Dodge County Wind, LLC Proposes to Build a New High Voltage Electric Transmission Line in Dodge County, Minnesota

Exhibit F NOTICE Dodge County Wind, LLC Proposes to Build a New High Voltage Electric Transmission Line in Dodge County, Minnesota Dodge County Wind, LLC is proposing to construct high voltage transmission line facilities (the "Dodge County Transmission Line" or "the Project") to interconnect the Dodge County Wind Facility to the electric grid. The Dodge County Transmission Line will be a 345 kilovolt ("kV") transmission line, approximately 23 miles in length, interconnecting the Dodge County Wind Facility to the electric grid, which will facilitate adding renewable energy generation in the State. The Dodge County Wind Facility will have a total generating capacity of approximately 170 megawatts. The Project is needed to provide renewable generation to an in-state purchaser. Without the Project, the Dodge County Transmission Line cannot connect to the transmission grid for its energy to be made available to the purchaser. The Project's point of interconnection is the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency's Byron Substation. The proposed routes for the Project have the 345 kV transmission line starting 7 miles west-southwest of Dodge Center and ending at the Byron Substation. As proposed, the Project will be located primarily in Dodge County, with a short portion of the line extending into Olmsted County. For a depiction of the Notice Area that encompasses the proposed transmission line, please see Attachment 1. Dodge County Wind is exploring a variety of structure types for the Project. Engineering studies will be undertaken to identify the appropriate structures to be used for the Project. Dodge County Wind proposes to use 80-140 foot tall steel structures with spans of approximately 500 to 1200 feet. Dodge County Wind is planning to use a 150-foot wide permanent right-of-way for a majority of the route, supporting the path of the 345 kV transmission line. Dodge County Wind is currently acquiring easements from landowners in order to secure the right-of-way required for the Project. Dodge County Transmission Line will require both a Certificate of Need and a Route Permit from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ("Commission") in order to be constructed. That is, the Commission must determine whether the Project is needed ("Certificate of Need") and where the Project should be located ("Route Permit"). Before the Project can be constructed, the Commission must certify that the Project is needed. The certification of the Project is governed by Minnesota law, including Minnesota Statutes Section 216B.243, and Minnesota Rules Chapters 7829 and 7849, specifically Rules 7849.0010 to 7849.0400 and 7849.1000 to 7849.2100. In the Certificate of Need proceeding, the Commission will analyze whether Dodge County Wind has proposed the most appropriate size, type, and timing for the Project. The Certificate of Need application, once submitted, can be obtained by visiting the Commission's website at http://www.mn.gov/puc/ in Docket No. 17-306. In addition, the Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Facility Permitting staff ("EFP") will be responsible for preparing an environmental report for the Certificate of Need proceeding that will evaluate environmental impacts to resources within the Notice Area. Additionally, EFP will prepare an environmental impact statement for the Route Permit proceeding for the Project. In its application for a Route Permit, Dodge County Wind will identify at least two routes and will identify one route which Dodge County Wind prefers. Other routes can be proposed during the scoping process for the environmental review to be completed by EFP. As part of its analysis, EFP will evaluate the routes proposed by Dodge County Wind in its application and other routes proposed during the scoping process that will aid in the Commission's decision on the Route Permit application. To subscribe to the Dodge County Transmission Line Project Certificate of Need docket and receive email notifications when information is filed that is related to the Certificate of Need for the Project, please visit http://www.mn.gov/puc/, click on the "Subscribe" button under the Email Alerts for New Documents Filed heading, enter your email address, select "Docket Number" from the Type of Subscription dropdown box, then select "17" from the first Docket Number dropdown box and enter "306" in the second box before clicking on the "Add to List" button. You must click the "Save" button at the bottom of the page to confirm your subscription to the docket. These same steps can be followed for the Project Route Permit docket (Docket No. 17-308). If you have questions about the process, you may contact the Minnesota regulatory Staff listed below: Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Scott E. Ek 121 7th Place East STE 350 St. Paul, MN 55101 Phone: (651) 201-2255 Email: scott.ek@state.mn.us http://www.mn.gov/puc/ Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Environmental Review and Analysis Suzanne Steinhauer 85 7th Place East, Suite 500 St. Paul, MN 55101-2198 Phone: (651) 539-1843 Email: suzanne.steinhauer@state.mn.us https://mn.gov/commerce/ You may also contact Mike Weich at Dodge County Wind with questions about the Project or the processes described in this Notice. His contact information is provided below: Mike Weich Project Manager Renewable Development Dodge County Wind, LLC 700 Universe Blvd Juno Beach, FL 33408 Mike.Weich@nee.com (561) 694-3987 The map indicates the proposed Dodge County Transmission Line (or "Gen Tie") route. Click on link below.

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