North Dakota Bulk Transmission Permitting Process (ND)
The steps of the North Dakota bulk transmission permitting process are summarized in the chart below. Roll over each section for a summary of the regulations and permits it covers. Click a section to learn more about the required permits and regulations related to that topic.
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Bulk Transmission Development in North Dakota
The North Dakota electric grid is part of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Eastern Interconnection. In North Dakota, the Midwest Reliability Organization is the regional entity, under NERC, charged with developing reliability standards and monitoring compliance for all owners, operators and users of the bulk electric system. North Dakota has two balancing authorities: Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and Southwest Power Pool, RE (SPP). SPP is the primary balancing authority, while MISO monitors transmission systems in northeast of North Dakota. Both SPP and MISO work together to centrally dispatch generation and coordinate the movement of wholesale electricity in North Dakota.
In North Dakota, there are a number of investor-owned, independent, and cooperative transmission providers, including:
- Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. which serves northwestern North Dakota;
- Central Power Elec Coop, Inc which serves central and southeastern counties in the state;
- Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. which serves central and western North Dakota;
- Northern States Power Co - Minnesota (North Dakota) which serves counties throughout the state; and
- Otter Tail Power Company which serves central and eastern North Dakota.