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Energy Expo addresses infrastructure

The 6th annual Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Expo was held this week at Bismarck State College’s National Energy Center of Excellence. Leaders in industry, government and business gathered to hear discussions on infrastructure, value-added resources and energy regulations. The event was hosted by Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven, Governor Jack Dalrymple, Bismarck State College, Great Plains Energy Corridor, KLJ and the North Dakota Department of Commerce. Keynote presentations were delivered by executives from Statoil and GE Energy. Highlights include:

Torstein Hole, senior vice president of U.S. onshore development and production in North America, based in Texas, talked about his company’s investment in North Dakota. Statoil has 375,000 mineral acres in the Bakken through its purchase of Brigham Exploration in 2011.

Mike Anderson of the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, said that the population of the state is projected to grow by more than 25 percent by 2025. Governor Dalrymple will be addressing housing needs for the growing population through his 2013 budget through the Housing Incentive Fund, Flex PACE and the Homestead Tax Credit. See the Bismarck Tribune story here.

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