North Dakota PSC holds hearing for transmission line proposed by Basin Electric

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Jeremy Severson, manager of transmission (right), responds to questions from Anine Merkens, attorney I (left), as the court reporter (center) takes notes.

The North Dakota Public Service Commission (NDPSC) held a hearing on May 6 in Stanley, North Dakota, to consider a high-voltage transmission line and substation proposed by Basin Electric. The 230-kilovolt Neset-to-Northshore line would run 26.5 miles from the existing Neset substation to the new Northshore substation in Mountrail County. Basin Electric is seeking a Certificate of Corridor Compatibility and Route Permit from the NDPSC.

Bobby Nasset, Basin Electric supervisor of civil engineering and project manager, stated the line is needed to meet reliability standards and serve projected load growth in the region. The area is served by Basin Electric Class C member Mountrail Williams Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Williston, North Dakota. The line is planned to be in service by of the end of 2022, pending right-of-way acquisition and permitting.

Basin Electric project team members provided testimony about the proposed line and answered questions from the NDPSC. Witnesses included Nasset; Jeremy Severson, manager of transmission services; Kevin Solie, senior environmental compliance administrator; and Shauna Laber, senior property and right-of-way specialist. Anine Merkens, attorney I, served as legal counsel for the project at the hearing.

The hearing provided an opportunity for the public to voice support or concerns regarding the project. A representative from Mountrail Williams Electric testified in support of the project; two landowners and a local resident voiced concerns about the line’s proposed route.

The NDPSC will rule on the permit for the proposed line in the coming months.

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