BISMARCK (AP) - A new state study estimates electrical demand in North Dakota's energy-producing counties is expected to nearly triple over the next 20 years.
The North Dakota Industrial Commission provided $100,000 for the study earlier this year to estimate growth in electricity demand for the state's booming energy industry.
Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. and Basin Electric Power Cooperative also provided funds for the $284,000 study done by Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, a Bismarck engineering firm.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple is chairman of the Industrial Commission. Its other members are Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
The commission says in a statement that the study provides valuable information in addressing the "future power demand and infrastructure needs of the region."