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Energy Consumption Continues to Grow in 2014

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North Dakota's energy consumption continues to grow, and with it grows the need for transmission lines, pipelines and more generation for electricity.

The Public Service Commission approved over $1 billion worth of energy projects for the state in 2013. Some of the larger projects include major route changes for transmission lines, eight pipelines with 100 miles of new corridors and three wind farms. The commission says energy infrastructure will continue to grow, and they would like to hear from the public.
 
"We really want to get the public to come to our hearings so we have the companies making their pitches as to what is a good project, but we need to hear from landowners and the people that are most affected to get their concerns. So, as we make these decisions on citing, we can make sure we find the balance between developing a natural resource and making sure we preserve our heritage," Brian Kalk, Public Service Commission.

One of the major projects this year is Enbridge's proposed Sandpiper Pipeline that would carry oil from western North Dakota to Wisconsin. The public hearings will take place in Grand Forks, Devil's Lake and Minot. For more information visit our website.

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