Chairman Brian Kalk Endorsed by Fargo Forum
Sunday Oct 5, 2014
Forum Editorial Board
Dr. Brian Kalk, Chairman of the North Dakota Public Service Commission, has been endorsed by the Fargo Forum for another term on the Public Service Commission.
The Forum said that Dr. Kalk has impressive credentials to serve on the PSC. The editorial stated that Chairman Kalk is a sophisticated regulator who understands the pressures and demands of regulating a growing energy industry. The Forum commended him for his ability to work well with the other members of the PSC and with other agencies involved in regulating the energy industry.
Dr. Kalk said that he was grateful for the endorsement by North Dakota ‘s largest newspaper.
“I want to thank the Fargo Forum editorial board for this endorsement. North Dakota is moving confidently into the future. We are the envy of the nation. I will continue to work to ensure our natural energy resources are developed and delivered to the nation in a safe and efficient manner. We can have a robust and growing energy industry while maintaining our natural heritage.”
Brian Kalk: Reliable power grid essential for N.D.’s future
By Brian Kalk April 25, 2014
BISMARCK — We take many things for granted; electricity is one. Even when the power goes out, we assume that the lights will come back on quickly, and usually they do.
We need to make sure this is always the case in North Dakota, and that means having a reliable electric grid.
Reliability is a key factor in the ability to deliver power statewide. Delivering the power requires an adequate transmission and distribution system. Most of us are aware of the distribution side, which is the lines that directly feed our homes and businesses.
Transmission lines deliver power from the electricity generation facilities to the distribution systems, which can be many miles away. Transmission lines are a critical element in reliability. Without a properly sized transmission system, power demands will not be met, and blackouts may occur.
Until recently, North Dakota had not seen any major transmission lines built since the late 1970s. The demand for electricity has prompted the Public Service Commission to approve several critical transmission lines to meet the growing demand and reliability concerns in our state. These lines crisscross our state and are vitally important to maintaining reliability.
While our energy demands are growing dramatically in the western part of the state, eastern North Dakota also is growing. The transmission lines I am speaking of are owned by organizations such as Basin Electric, Minnkota Power and Xcel Energy.
In each of these cases, many issues surfaced, issues that required a steady hand and the ability to balance competing demands.
Construction of major transmission lines is not an easy proposition. Once the PSC requirements are completed and met, I move the projects forward for approval.
It is not uncommon for there to be specific conditions on the PSC orders where we rely on other stakeholders to exercise their expertise before construction begins. Examples of this may be final input from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service dealing with endangered species or a final Letter of Concurrence from the State Historic Preservation Office on cultural issues.
Once construction begins, the PSC often gets requests from the investing power company to make minor modifications to address landowner concerns. It is a fluid process in which we maintain regular communications with everyone involved.
We have a responsibility to maintain electric grid reliability. If we want to keep the “lights on” in North Dakota to support the business and residential growth across the state, we need to keep investing in all types of electricity generation and in building and maintaining transmission lines.
I look at our future and see challenges that will be met. I see tremendous opportunities for North Dakota to continue to grow, prosper and lead our country to energy security. It will take a steady and sure hand to keep the process moving forward.
Kalk is chairman of the North Dakota Public Service Commission.
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Chairman Brian Kalk Endorsed by Fargo Forum Sunday Oct 5, 2014 Forum Editorial Board Dr. Brian Kalk, Chairman of the North Dakota Public Service Commission, has been endorsed by the Fargo Forum for another term on the Public Service Commission. The Forum said that Dr. Kalk has impressive credentials to serve on the PSC. The editorial stated that Chairman Kalk […]
Brian Kalk: Reliable power grid essential for N.D.’s future By Brian Kalk April 25, 2014 BISMARCK — We take many things for granted; electricity is one. Even when the power goes out, we assume that the lights will come back on quickly, and usually they do. We need to make sure this is always the case in North Dakota, and […]
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