ND utilities turning to gas for electricityAfter relying on coal to generate electricity, North Dakota utilities are looking more at natural gas as a source of power.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — After relying on coal to generate electricity, North Dakota utilities are looking more at natural gas as a source of power.
Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. is proposing construction of an 88-megawatt gas turbine near its Heskett power station north of Mandan. The Heskett plant uses coal to make electricity.
North Dakota's Public Service Commission is holding a hearing Tuesday on the project.
Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer says natural gas can be used for many things other than power generation. He says it's a key component in manufacturing.
Commission Chairman Tony Clark says natural gas supplies are more plentiful, prices are down and it's a cleaner fuel. But he says gas prices fluctuate, and it's riskier to rely on gas as a power source.