Energy

The Public Service Commission will be asking for another position for the next biennium. That story from Prairie Public's Dave Thompson.

The PSC says it needs another pipeline inspector.

Unique "service area agreement" approved by PSC

Jul 2, 2012

The Public Service Commission has approved an unusual service-area agreement for electric service.

This one is between two co-ops – Mountrail-Williams and McLean. Both co-ops serve energy-development areas. Normally, co-ops are not subject to PSC regulation.

"Ethane" pipeline to be built

Jun 21, 2012

The Public Service Commission has okayed the North Dakota portion of an unusual pipeline project. The story from Prairie Public's Dave Thompson.

The pipeline will take a byproduct of natural gas – ethane – that’s captured at the Hess plant at Tioga to a processing facility in Alberta, owned by Nova Chemicals. It’s a 430-mile pipeline – 80 miles of which are in North Dakota.

"Nova processes the ethane and uses it for polymers and plastics," said Commissioner Kevin Cramer. "A lot of food packaging, styrofoam and things like that."

An investor-owned utility and an electric co-operative have reached what’s called a “service area agreement” – to serve customers in Kenmare. As Prairie Public's Dave Thompson reports, state regulators still have to approve that agreement.

Under the agreement, MDUand Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative would divvy-up the customers. The area is in the oil patch. And the agreement must be approved by the state Public Service Commission.

The special projects coordinator for the Bismarck Public Schools says post-secondary education is becoming more important in the oil industry. That story from Prairie Public's Dave Thompson.

Kent Ellis also owns an oil brokerage firm.  Ellis says post-seconndary training doesn't have to lead to a four-year degree. He says it could mean a two-year technical degree.

Researchers at UND, NDSU and Mayville State are working on biofuels. And as Prairie Public's Dave Thompson reports, the researchers hope to commercialize their research.

Michael Moore is UND’s Vice-President for intellectual property commercialization and economic development. He says the “Sunrise” project includes more than just biofuels production.

Norway - Carbon Capture

Jun 11, 2012

Members of a North Dakota delegation looking at Norway’s energy industries toured a facility at Mongstad that is billed as “the world’s largest C-oh-two research facility.”

Prairie Public’s Dave Thompson is with the delegation.

Energy Boom: The Norway Response

Jun 7, 2012

A professor at Norway’s University of Bergen says North Dakota may be able to follow Norway’s example – when it comes to dealing with the continuing Bakken oil boom.

Prairie Public’s Dave Thompson is with a North Dakota delegation looking at Norway’s energy industry – and he files this report.

Norway's Energy Sustainability

Jun 7, 2012

A Norwegian government official says Norway’s energy policy is centered around “sustainability” – but it’s not what others may define as “sustainable.”

Ole Anders Linseth spoke to a North Dakota group that traveled to Norway to learn about that country’s energy industry. Prairie Public’s Dave Thompson is with the delegation – and files this report.

 

North Dakota Delegation Visits Norway

Jun 5, 2012

A delegation from North Dakota is in Norway this week, learning about
that country’s energy industry. On  Monday, the delegation heard from Norwegian officials who talked about oil,
natural gas and hydroelectric power. Prairie Public’s Dave Thompson is with the delegation and files this report...
 

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