Renewable and Recycled Energy Objective (North Dakota)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place North Dakota

Name Renewable and Recycled Energy Objective
Incentive Type Renewables Portfolio Standard
Applicable Sector Investor-Owned Utility, Municipal Utility, Rural Electric Cooperative
Eligible Technologies Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydrogen, Landfill Gas, Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Electric, Wind, Energy Storage, Electricity from Waste Heat
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Credit Trading Yes (M-RETS)
Credit Transfers Accepted From None
Credit Transfers Accepted To M-RETS into MIRECS, NC-RETS, NAR

(Refers to tracking system compatibility only, not RPS eligibility. Please see statutes and regulations for information on facility eligibility)

Standard Goal: 10% by 2015

Technology Minimum No

Date added to DSIRE 2007-08-24
Last DSIRE Review 2013-08-14
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


In March 2007, the North Dakota enacted legislation (H.B. 1506) establishing an objective that 10% of all retail electricity sold in the state be obtained from renewable energy and recycled energy by 2015. The objective must be measured by qualifying megawatt-hours (MWh) delivered at retail, or by credits purchased and retired to offset non-qualifying retail sales. This objective is voluntary; there is no penalty or sanction for a retail provider of electricity that fails to meet the objective. Municipal utilities and electric cooperatives that receive wholesale electricity through a municipal power agency or generation and transmission cooperative may aggregate their renewable and recycled energy objective resources to meet the objective.

Eligible resources include electricity produced by solar, wind, biomass, hydropower, geothermal, hydrogen derived from another eligible resource, and recycled energy systems that generate electricity from currently unused waste heat resulting from combustion or other processes and that do not use an additional combustion process. (The term "recycled energy system" does not include waste heat captured from any system designed primarily to generate electricity unless the generation system consumes wellhead gas that would otherwise be flared, vented or wasted.) Hydropower facilities must have an in-service date of January 1, 2007, or later, or must qualify as new hydropower generation obtained from re-powering or efficiency improvements to facilities existing on August 1, 2007.*

In order to qualify for renewable electricity and recycled energy objective credits, a generating source must meet the requirements of the North Dakota Public Service Commission's (PSC) rules for tracking, recording and verifying renewable energy certificates (RECs). RECs do not need to be acquired from an in-state facility. There are special conditions regarding RECs associated with hydropower facilities. Electricity generation applied to the renewable energy and recycled energy objective, as well as certificate purchases and certificate retirements, must be independently verified through the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS).

Before using new renewable and recycled energy after August 1, 2007, to meet the objective, each retail provider or its generation supplier was required to make an economic evaluation to determine if the use of new renewable and recycled energy would be cost-effective, considering other electricity alternatives. After evaluating the renewable and recycled energy objective and economic evaluation, the retail provider or its generation supplier may use the electricity alternative that best meets its resource or customer needs.

Beginning June 30, 2009, each retail provider must report to the PSC annually on the provider's previous calendar year's energy sales. This report must include (1) information regarding qualifying electricity delivered and renewable energy and recycled energy certificates purchased and retired as a percentage of annual retail sales and (2) a brief narrative report that describes steps taken to meet the objective over time and identifies any challenges or barriers encountered in meeting the objective. Electric cooperatives may aggregate their reporting through generation and transmission cooperatives. Municipal utilities may aggregate their reporting through a municipal power agency. The PSC may require a specific format and details for reporting. The reports are available on the PSC case search web site.

* When calculating the amount of electricity necessary to meet the objective, a utility may deduct from its baseline of total retail sales the proportion of electricity obtained from hydroelectric facilities with an in-service date before January 1, 2007.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Jerry Lein
Department North Dakota Public Service Commission

Address 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Department 408

Place Bismarck, North Dakota
Zip/Postal Code 58505
Phone (701) 328-1035

Fax (701) 328-2410

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: ND Century Code § 49-02-24 et seq.
Date Effective 2007-08-01
Date Enacted 2007-03-23

Authority 2: ND Admin. Code 69-09-08
Date Effective 2006-07-01

Authority 3: ND PSC Order, Case No. PU-07-318

Date Enacted 2008-06-04

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"