Xcel Energy to increase reliability in Fargo

Nov 30, 2017

Public Service Commissioners Brian Kroshus (i), Randy Christmann and Julie Fedorchak.
Credit Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Xcel Energy has been given the go-ahead to build a new 115 kilovolt power line between two Fargo substations.

The North Dakota Public Service Commission has given Xcel the green light.

It would be a five-mile line between the Maple River and Red River substations.

"Essentially, the transmission line will provide for increased reliability in the Fargo area," said Commissioner Brian Kroshus. "It should help prevent overloads on neighboring substations."

"The new line will help us comply with a NERC (National Electricity Reliability Council) standard,"  said Xcel's Dave Sederquist. "It's going to make that system more robust."

Xcel has been working to reduce the amount of power outages in the Fargo area.