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ND PSC approves one Sacagawea pipeline, sets hearing for another

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved a crude oil pipeline in Mountrail County and set a public hearing for another proposed by the same company in McKenzie County.

Montana PSC grills MDU over double-digit rate increase for state’s share of upgrades to three-state system

GLENDIVE, MONT. — Montana Dakota Utilities has scaled back a 21.1 percent electricity rate increase it had been requesting in Montana, but that didn’t stem the tide of questions the company faced at a public hearing that started Tuesday in Glendive.

Complaints against electric companies down slightly in ND

BISMARCK, N.D. – Consumer complaints against the three investor-owned electric companies in North Dakota were down slightly last year, the state’s Public Service Commission said Wednesday.

Iowa county moves ahead with 560-panel solar array that will produce 5 million kilowatt hours

SIBLEY, Iowa — After a lengthy debate, the Osceola County Board of Supervisors made a pledge to go green during Tuesday morning’s regular meeting.

Canadian energy companies sell 'jewels' to keep oil sands afloat

Canadian energy companies sell 'jewels' to keep oil sands afloat

CALGARY, Alberta -- Faced with record low prices for heavy crude, Canadian energy companies are sacrificing other parts of their business to keep higher-cost oil sands production going and safeguard the billions already invested in these multi-decade projects.

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ND officials praise SCOTUS decision blocking Clean Power Plan; work on state compliance plan to stop immediately

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota’s lignite coal industry, congressional delegation and state officials are praising a U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday blocking the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan rules from taking effect until legal challenges are resolved.

Supreme Court blocks Obama's carbon emissions plan

Supreme Court blocks Obama's carbon emissions plan

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate changes.

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Lignite leader says Clean Power Plan puts ND coal industry in ‘mortal danger’

BISMARCK, N.D. – Some of North Dakota’s seven coal-fired power plants will be forced to shut down unless the Obama administration’s stricter new standards for carbon dioxide emissions undergo significant changes, an industry official said Tuesday.

‘Crossing’ into new territory: Oilfield entrepreneur enters restaurant business with new steakhouse

‘Crossing’ into new territory: Oilfield entrepreneur enters restaurant business with new steakhouse

Seth Murphy knows next to nothing about running a restaurant. But he knows what he likes: great food, a place he can both bring his family and conduct business, and a venue that can be used to give back to the community.

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Oil plunge threatens schools, other services in producer states

From Alaska to Oklahoma, crowded classes, suspended art programs and longer school commutes give students and parents a taste of the downside of cheap gas as oil-producing states scramble to plug budget holes blown by tumbling crude prices.

Construction of North Dakota urea plant humming along

Construction of North Dakota urea plant humming along

HAZEN, N.D. -- Even as western North Dakota watches nervously while its once-booming oil industry wallows in the doldrums, a massive construction project centered around coal is quietly hitting its stride.

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Obama to seek new tax on oil in budget proposal

WASHINGTON -- North Dakota's Congressional delegation is both laughing off and expressing unbridled disgust over President Barack Obama's bid to impose a $10-a-barrel tax on crude oil.

Range lawmakers want Twin Metals access approved

Range lawmakers want Twin Metals access approved

ELY, Minn. -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton hasn't finished wading through the state's first-ever copper mine controversy and he's already getting political pressure on the second one.

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MDU sees $25M earnings drop in 2015

DICKINSON, N.D. -- MDU Resources Group Inc. earnings dropped $25 million from 2014 to 2015, including losses at its Dickinson diesel refinery.

ND PSC granted permits for $2 billion in energy projects in 2015

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved more than $2 billion in energy-related projects in 2015, the agency said this week.

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