ND to MN Legislature: Repeal Carbon Dioxide LawNorth Dakota's Industrial Commission wants the Minnesota Legislature to drop the state's restrictions on imported electricity.
By: Associated Press,
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Industrial Commission wants the Minnesota Legislature to drop the state's restrictions on imported electricity.
The commission oversees a coal research fund. It includes Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.
Four years ago the Minnesota Legislature approved a law that restricts electricity imports from new power plants that burn coal.
Minnesota is the largest customer for North Dakota-produced electricity. Minnesota's Great River Energy company is building a new electric and steam plant near Spiritwood, N.D.
On Wednesday the commission voted to send letters to Minnesota lawmakers urging them to repeal the state's electric import restrictions. They've rejected similar requests.
The commission also invited the chairmen of the Minnesota House and Senate energy committees to tour western North Dakota's coal-producing region.