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North Dakota produces far more energy than it uses, so transmission is key to moving power to parts of the country in need of it.

The development of new transmission in North Dakota continues to grow as companies construct lines to connect wind farms to the electric grid and to handle new load growth. At the same time a number of initiatives to study the impact of renewable resources on existing transmission systems identified new lines for the future, such as the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) multi-value projects (MVP lines) which were approved by the MISO board of directors in December 2011. These MVP lines will provide additional reliability to the MISO system as well as improving the North Dakota Export Constraint. In addition, the CapX 2020 program continued on its path to build five major transmission lines, three of which are important for the export of energy from North Dakota.

Transmission in North Dakota

  • North Dakota Transmission Authority conducted a study of the impact of oil and gas development in the Williston Basin on electric load growth and transmission infrastructure.
  • Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. announced plans to construct 200 miles of 345 kV line from the Antelope Valley Station to a substation located near Tioga.
  • Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. began construction of 260 miles of 345 kV line to transport energy from the Milton R. Young station to the Grand Forks area.
  • The CapX 2020 project energized the first segment of the St. Cloud to Fargo 345 kV transmission line.
  • Great River Energy announced plans to rebuild 80 miles of 230 kV line between Grand Forks and Devils Lake.
  • MISO approved 17 multi-value projects, including transmission from North Dakota to eastern energy markets with an estimated capital investment of over $5.2 billion.
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