Fortnightly Magazine - October 2021
Thirty-five veterans in the new book “Front Lines to Power Lines” stand for the many thousands of vets in our industry. The book shines a light onto the unique qualities that vets bring with them, instinctively, qualities that are so very valuable to utility service.
This small but mighty Commission handles a lot in this vast agricultural and ranching state. North Dakota PSC is also in charge of weights and measures, protecting consumers by making sure they get what they pay for. Commissioners in North Dakota are elected and spend a lot of time traveling to hearings held among constituents for the serious business of regulating in the public interest.
“As we transition to more renewables, we have to recognize the need for dispatchable resources to maintain reliability. If those are largely gas, then we need more pipelines.”
“One of the issues I campaigned on was my background with coal reclamation and my desire to make sure we have something similar in place for wind farms. We have 4,000 MW of wind in North Dakota. Someday, those need to be cleaned up too.”
“Who wouldn’t want carbon-free electricity? It sounds great, but we can’t ignore the cost and impact that has on consumers, especially low-income households.”
A conversation with the Director of Reclamation and Abandoned Mine Lands Division.
Director & Analyst
“In the last legislative session, the legislature did a lot of work with carbon capture and storage. We just had an application for a pipeline to move the carbon dioxide from where it’s being produced and gathered to a storage facility. We permitted that one.”
Directors & Divisions
A conversation with Executive Director Steve Kahl, General Counsel John ‘Jack’ Schuh, Consumer Affairs and Public Outreach Specialist Stacy Eberl, and Manager of Business Operations Jill Kringstad.
There are generators who want to get projects built, but they don’t know until very late in the process what it’s actually going to cost to upgrade the associated transmission system.
“The time has come for FERC to forcefully reiterate that investments in transmission infrastructure are a national priority.”