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Electricity needs projected to increase up to 70 percent.

May 29, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A new analysis says North Dakota will need significantly more power generation in the next 20 years because electricity consumption is projected to increase by up to 70 percent.

The analysis reviewed by North Dakota Industrial Commission members Tuesday says the need for more power is driven largely by continued expansion of oil and gas activity in the western region of the state. That includes more drilling rigs, pipelines, refineries and other related facilities needed to produce and move oil and gas to market.

The analysis by Barr Engineering also considered the additional population needed to staff those activities and associated services. The commission oversees the North Dakota Transmission Authority, which commissioned Barr Engineering to develop the forecast.

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