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North Dakota Hydropower Transmission & Interconnection(8-ND)

In North Dakota, a developer must obtain a Certificate of Site or Corridor Compatibility from the North Dakota Public Service Commission (NDPSC) prior to constructing or operating electric transmission lines that carry voltages in excess of 115kVs and extends one or more miles in length. N.D. Century Code § 49-22. A developer will also need to obtain a Route Permit from NDPSC in order to construct or operate such transmission lines. The Route Permit and Certificate have similar processes, and can be applied for and obtained at the same time. In addition, a developer may need to Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the NPDPSC, prior to construction or operation of a transmission facility, if the developer is an “electric transmission provider” that is interconnecting the transmission line with an existing transmission line owned or operated by an “electric public utility.” N.D.C.C. § 49-03-01(2).

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