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Regional energy policy is important to North Dakota. While North Dakota is an energy rich state, much of what we produce must be exported for use in other markets.  And, energy transport systems, such as pipelines and transmission lines, cross state and sometimes international borders.

North Dakota is directly and indirectly involved in several regional initiatives and programs aimed at addressing energy needs from a regional, rather than just a local perspective.

The Upper Midwest Transmission Development Initiative is working to help develop a regional transmission planning system.  The Midwest Governor’s Association has also undertaken several initiatives, including Creating Jobs in the New Energy Economy and an Energy Initiative.

Neighboring states to North Dakota are also actively involved with energy resource development and energy program implementation.  For information on the energy activities of these states, we have included here the web links for the state energy offices in Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.