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Category Archive: Electricity

  1. 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 reduced by nearly one-half. Grand Forks is migrating to LED streetlights on a project-by-project basis, and recently installed the new lights near the Grand Forks Library. Read more in the Grand Forks Herald.

  2. 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, in part, to a state law requiring investor-owned utilities have 1.5 percent of their generation capacity from solar energy by 2030. Read more in the Star Tribune.

  3. PSC to Hold Hearing on Xcel Power Outages

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    The North Dakota Public Service Commission plans to hold a hearing in early August to learn more about the causes of recent power outages in Xcel Energy’s service territory in Fargo. Xcel has recently invested $30 million in electricity reliability service improvements. Even with the recent outages, Xcel’s reliability performance is higher than the minimum industry standard. The hearing will be held on August 8th at 10 am CT in the PSC commission hearing room. Read more in Prairie Business Magazine.

  4. State-Owned Power Plant Receives Grant to Study Uses for Excess Capacity

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    The Agricultural Products Utilization Commission has awarded a grant to the Red River Regional Council to study whether excess capacity at a state-owned power plant in Grafton can be successfully utilized to support a proposed greenhouse and other industrial energy park projects. The plant is located at Grafton’s Life Skills and Transition Center, which has had declining demand for energy produced from the facility. Read more in Prairie Business Magazine and Farm and Ranch Guide.