Before transmission lines can be built, permits and approvals are required from several federal agencies, including Rural Utilities Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Federal agencies will conduct environmental reviews to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act.
Two of the CapX2020 partners – Dairyland Power Cooperative and Minnkota Electric Cooperative – are seeking financing from RUS for their portions of the investment in the project. RUS, a division of the United States Department of Agriculture, is a federal financing agency that provides funding assistance to cooperatives for the installation and modernization of rural electric systems.