STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER North Dakota sues over Minnesota air standard
North Dakota is suing Minnesota over restrictions that could affect North Dakotas electric power sales.
Minnesotas Next Generation Energy Act has direct and serious consequences for North Dakota, Nor... Posted on 11/2/11 at 6:33 PM
FAR SIDE OF FIFTY Lights Out
Last night after we got home, after a very stressful evening, the lights went out. Just like that no warning..no hint of a flicker..just blackness. Far Guy was in the bathroom..I felt my way over to t... Posted on 5/7/10 at 5:35 AM
A plunge in the price of natural gas has made it cheaper for utilities to produce electricity. But the savings aren't translating to lower rates for customers. Instead, U.S. electricity prices are going up.
President Barack Obama nominated North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark for one of five seats on the commission that regulates electric transmission lines and natural gas pipelines. The Senate energy committee held a hearing on the nomination Tuesday.
A part of downtown and northern East Grand Forks lost power for more than an hour over lunch time Thursday. It happened at 11:35 a.m. “We had an explosion in one of our four substations, the Park sub, which is just south of Gateway Drive and behind the American Legion,” said Scott Gravseth, superintendent of the city’s water and light department.
Tony Clark has been picked for an opening on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. It oversees natural gas pipelines and the nation's electric power grid. President Barack Obama nominated Clark in January. The commission opening is reserved for a Republican.
The largest solar storm in five years is racing toward Earth, threatening to unleash a torrent of charged particles that could disrupt power grids, GPS and airplane flights. The same blast could also paint colorful auroras farther from the poles than normal.
Xcel Energy is promising to spend more to prevent power outages that have hit Fargo in recent months. North Dakota's Public Service Commission Wednesday approved an agreement that lets Xcel raise its electric rates.
The 210-mile CapX2020 line will run from a substation near Casselton, N.D., south and east, passing near Hickson on its way to Minnesota. The North Dakota Public Service Commission already has found that the project with 33 miles of line in the state is justified but has yet to approve the line's route. No deadline has been set for a decision.
Lack of power lines limits development North Dakota is expected to add hundreds of megawatts of wind energy this year, while development has slowed to a near stop in South Dakota. The difference seems to be the availability of high-voltage power lines to ship the power to cities that need it.
Officials say production at North Dakota's four large lignite mines dropped for the second year in a row due to scheduled outages at power plants and an increase in hydroelectric production at Garrison Dam on the Missouri River.
Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. is proposing construction of an 88-megawatt gas turbine near its Heskett power station north of Mandan. The Heskett plant uses coal to make electricity. North Dakota's Public Service Commission is holding a hearing Tuesday on the project.
High water levels that caused record flooding along the Missouri River in 2011 did bring a small consolation: Electric power generation from the river's six upstream dams was above average for the first time in a dozen years.
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