Tag Archives: Julie Fedorchak

Seen here in 2017, Rep. Mike Brandenburg, R-Edgeley, testifies at the North Dakota Public Service Commission hearing on the Foxtail Wind Farm at Ellendale, N.D. Keith Norman / Forum News Service

Some Lawmakers Considering a Special Session After PSC Turned Down a Wind Farm Permit

Some Lawmakers Considering a Special Session After PSC Turned Down a Wind Farm Permit

Last week the Public Service Commission turned down a siting permit for a large (23,000 acres, 76 turbines) wind farm project in Burke County. NextEra, the company behind the project, had pushed for a permit despite opposition from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department who argued that

North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak explains a point at a commission meeting Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Bismarck Tribune photo

Give Commissioner Fedorchak Credit for Sticking With North Dakota’s Rail Inspection Program

During the 2015 legislative session Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak fought a pitched battle, mostly behind-the-scenes, against cantankerous lawmakers who were skeptical of her desire to create a state-level rail inspection program. With 20/20 hindsight, we can now see that Fedorchak had the right of this issue. The Legislature, grudgingly, authorized a temporary program with

(Forum News Service/Agweek/Mikkel Pates)

Commissioner Fedorchak: Stop Pointing Fingers and Fix the Program

This guest post was submitted by North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak, a Republican who has served in that office since 2012. When bad things happen to good people, human nature sends us looking for someone to blame. The PSC has been that “someone” in a recent grain dealer insolvency case that threatens 43

These turbines are part of the Xcel Energy Courtenay Wind Farm in south-central North Dakota. John M. Steiner / Forum News Service

Julie Fedorchak: Wind Projects Save Xcel Customers Millions

This guest post was submitted by Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. In a recent article, Rob Port claimed that the PSC gave the go-ahead to Xcel Energy “to inflate power bills” here in North Dakota to meet “green energy” goals in other states. While that’s certainly a provocative lead, it’s false on both accounts. First

Public Service Commission Says North Dakotans Can Be Charged for Green Energy Policies in Other States

The Public Service Commission, in a split decision, recently gave the go-ahead to Xcel Energy to inflate power bills here in North Dakota to recover the cost of building wind energy capacity in compliance with green energy policy in other states. Commissioner Randy Christmann, who voted no, made it clear why this was a terrible

The site of the Davis Refinery, pictured on July 31, 2018, is southwest of Belfield, N.D.. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Judge Reviewing Davis Refinery Situation Says State Regulators Can’t Expand Their Jurisdiction Based on Speculation

The Dakota Resource Council, a local front group for the national environmental movement to impede fossil fuel development, has recently been making a stink about the Davis Refinery which is currently under construction near Belfield, North Dakota. In the past the DRC and other activists have opposed the refinery because, according to them, it’s too

From left: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND, and Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-ND. (Herald graphic/Sam Easter)

Poll: Heitkamp and Cramer Neck and Neck in Senate Race, Campbell Leads Among Republicans in House Race

The folks at Gravis Marketing have released polling for North Dakota’s House and Senate races, the tax reform bill, the abortion issue, gay rights, and immigration. They shared the polling with me exclusively – Gravis President Doug Kaplan will join me on my radio show at 1pm today – but I’ll admit to never having

State Senator Tom Campbell appears in a television ad for his U.S. Senate campaign.

Now That Cramer’s in the Senate Race, What Happens in the House Race?

Congressman Kevin Cramer is running for the United States Senate. That’s not official official yet, but c’mon. Dude has a Facebook event for a Senate campaign announcement. It’s a done deal. He’s in the race, and the nomination is basically his. State Senator Tom Campbell, who launched his Senate campaign back in August, has been on

Podcast: The State of the Media in Trump’s “Fake News” Era

  Grand Forks Herald publisher Korrie Wenzel joined me today to talk about the movie The Post (you should see it if you haven’t) and the status of the news media in President Donald Trump’s “fake news” era. I also talked about this post about a Republican lawmaker from New Town, North Dakota, who is currently

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