Affordable housing dampening western North Dakota’s potential

As oil production grows and investments and production in the Bakken stabilize, demand for housing and all the other amenities that accompany a quality life increase. In Watford City and Williston, they remain in the midst of a surge in demand for all these things, but they’re still finding the supply behind. Check out this

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New opportunities for old coal plants?

There aren’t many days that go by that there isn’t a story about a new coal-fired power plant being decommissioned. We lost one in North Dakota last year; yesterday, there was a story out of Estevan on final dates for their plants. Since 2010, nearly 300 of these plants have closed across the country? Political

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Nuclear energy upstream from Minot? Sask legislature discusses options for aging coal infrastructure

In a world headed towards less carbon-based energy, what do you do with a coal-fired power plant that’s nearing the end of its service life but still has a viable energy distribution network surrounding it? If you’re the Saskatchewan Legislature, the answer is to start talking transitions and alternatives and one that gets mentioned early

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Xcel Energy plans to end coal use in Upper Midwest by 2030

One of Minnesota and North Dakota’s biggest energy suppliers is on the record with its plan to go greener. Xcel energy announced it will be ending dependence on coal in the Upper Midwest by the end of the next decade. Get the full story from the Bismarck Tribune.

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ONEOK accelerating its Bakken growth projects

Oil prices and and producer confidence have been recovering slowly over the past several years. As a result, we’re again hearing of near-record production rates and seeing plans for investment in the region. Renee Jean with the Williston Herald has the story on one large player’s intentions in the region.

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North Dakota oil flows at near-record levels, flaring up

North Dakota oil continues to flow. In March, the average was almost 1.4 million barrels per day. But on the downside, flaring was also up as producers used exemptions in order to capture larger oil production. Natural gas capture infrastructure is expected to improve by the end of the year; it’s expected this will trim

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Saudi Arabia says oil tankers hit off UAE coast, Iran calls for probe

We know North Dakota has changed when news of an oil tanker conflict in the Mid-East can be characterized as a local topic. But that’s the world we live in. Reuters has the full story on the incident. It matters in North Dakota because political stability half a world away leads to price stability in

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North Dakota 18th in the world in oil production

At 1.4 million barrels per day, North Dakota’s oil production makes it the 18th biggest producer in word today — if we were a country. By 2030, that number is expected to grow to more than 2 million barrels per day. Patrick Springer with InForum has the full story on North Dakota’s macro trends and

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