North Dakota AARP opposes rate settlement with Xcel Energy

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR-KCND) – The North Dakota Public Service Commission has begun holding formal hearings on a natural gas rate increase proposed by Xcel Energy. Xcel had proposed increasing the monthly charge from $18.50 to $25.00. But in a settlement worked out with PSC staff, the charge would be $22.50. The intervener in the case, AARP, disagrees with the settlement. …

North Dakota PUC to discuss sudden surge in natural gas prices

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KFGO) – An investigation into the recent jump in natural gas prices is getting underway in North Dakota. Xcel Energy and Montana-Dakota Utilities say they had little choice but to pass the sudden price increase onto residential, business and industrial customers. Utilities across the nation found themselves in the same position after the recent cold and record-setting snow…

North Dakota Regulators Poised to Approve Pipeline Expansion

Opponents say the expansion would increase the possibility of an oil spill.

Dakota Access PipelineBISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota regulators are expected to take action Wednesday on a proposal to expand the capacity of the Dakota Access pipeline. The Public Service Commission signaled last month that it would approve a permit for a pumping station that’s needed for Energy Transfer to double the capacity of the pipeline to meet growing demand for oil shipments…

Judge Allows Tribe to Intervene on Proposed DAPL Expansion

Administrative Law Judge Tim Dawson approved the tribe's petition for status as an intervenor.

Dakota Access PipelineBISMARCK, N.D.–A judge is allowing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to intervene on a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline. Administrative Law Judge Tim Dawson approved the tribe’s petition for status as an intervenor Thursday in the case before the Public Service Commission. Dawson’s order says there was no opposition to the petition. Texas-based Energy Transfer wants…

Wind Energy Development Program Will Resolve Landowner Issues

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says more wind farms are likely to be developed in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Agriculture Department is launching a program to help landowners resolve concerns over wind energy development. A department ombudsman will evaluate the site, contact the wind company and work to resolve any issues. The Legislature directed the department to create the program. It was done in cooperation with the Public Service Commission, which regulates wind farms….