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Oil Tax Revenue Projected to Rise

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The state Office of Management and Budget has released new legislative forecasts for revenue generated from oil production.OMB Director Pam Sharp says that this is the first of three forecasts for the 2015-17 biennium and the initial forecast shows an increase of oil tax revenue of $2.2 billion, bringing the total oil tax contribution up […]

PSC Requiring Bonds for Wind Farm Reclamation

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North Dakota’s Public Service Commission (PSC) voted this week to require a 10-year old wind farm to purchase a bond to cover reclamation costs at their wind project in Dickey County. ┬áLast year, the PSC sent letters to the owners of four wind projects to inform them of the PSC’s intent to insure that land […]

Grand Forks, East Grand Forks Installing Energy Efficient Streetlights

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The cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have plans to install energy-efficient LED streetlights. East Grand Forks is planning to convert all streetlights to LED lights in the next four years at a cost of $200,000 per year. Once the installations are complete, East Grand Forks officials expect their energy bill to be […]

Ag Impacted as More Oil Travels by Rail

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North Dakota’s two largest rail shippers – BNSF and Canadian Pacific – each have a backlog of more than 1,000 ordered cars, according to recently-released federal agency reports. And, US Department of Agriculture officials are concerned that Canadian Pacific will not be able meet the farmer and industry requested 30,000 rail cars prior to October. […]

New Gas Plant in Operation

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Oneok Partner’s Garden Creek II Plant is now operational in McKenzie County. The $300 million plant can produce 100 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The company now has natural gas processing capacity of more than 500 million cubic feet per day in North Dakota’s oil patch. A seventh processing facility is planned […]

Legislators Tour Oil Patch

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Forty state legislators traveled to the oil patch this week to see first-hand the development and impacts in Watford City and the rest of McKenzie County, which is the largest oil producing county in the state. Oil patch leaders plan to seek an increase in the amount of oil tax revenue that is sent directly […]

Oil Transfer Facility Planned for North Dakota

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A new rail-pipeline project is being proposed on a 350-acre tract in Mountrail County. Dakota Gold Transfer-Plaza LLC plans to construct the oil hub and serve Canadian Pacific Railway with throughput capacity of one unit train per day. The facility is initially planned to have 300,000 bbl of storage. Construction on the project is slated […]

Coops, Utilities Expanding Solar Footprint

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Electric utilities across the region are increasing their investments in solar energy. Minnesota-based cooperatives, including Great River Energy, plan to install twenty solar projects in the next two years. Solar arrays are growing larger, with companies like Geronimo Energy looking at 50 MW projects. The rapid growth and expansion in Minnesota’s solar industry is due, […]

Wind Project Receives Regulatory Approval

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Thunder Spirit Wind LLC received approval from the North Dakota Public Service Commission last week to proceed with construction of a 150 MW wind farm near Hettinger. The PSC approved the project on a split vote, with Commissioner Christmann citing concerns over the amount of wind energy as part of North Dakota’s energy portfolio. Project […]

Hearing Set on Oil-By-Rail Safety

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State oil regulators have scheduled a hearing at 9 am on September 23rd to receive testimony and public comment on the safety and marketability of transporting crude oil by rail. The hearing will be held in Bismarck at the Department of Mineral Resources office. The agency is seeking technical comments. Written comments will be received […]