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MDU part of government-industry methane reduction effort

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota-based Montana-Dakota Utilities is among 41 energy companies taking part in a government-industry partnership to voluntarily reduce methane emissions from natural gas operations to help combat climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday unveiled its Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, capable of trapping 25 times more heat ...

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MDU Resources Group lays off workers, cuts other positions

BISMARCK, N.D. — MDU Resources Group Inc. has laid off seven employees in its Bismarck corporate office after the sale of its oil company. MDU, a diversified natural resource company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, announced the sale of its Fidelity Exploration and Production properties in November to generate capital to fund investments at its other subsidiaries. The ...

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MDU Resources Group delays plan for diesel refinery in Minot

BISMARCK, N.D. — Developers of a recently completed diesel refinery near Dickinson say they’re delaying plans for a second factory in the Minot area due to market conditions. Bismarck-based MDU Resources Group and Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners built the $430 million Dakota Prairie Refinery near Dickinson. It began selling fuel in May but has lost money in its first ...

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Montana utility rate increase based on disputed pollution terms

Eastern Montana electric bills could rise $178 a year to cover the costs of expensive pollution controls that may have been unnecessary. At issue are pollution controls installed by Montana Dakota Utilities to comply with the federal Mercury Air Toxics Standards, or MATS. MDU spent millions on the upgrades, and like a lot of coal-fired power plant owners, faulted the ...

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Renewable energy advocates say utility’s fee is unfair

BILLINGS, Mont. — A proposed fee for some Montana-Dakota Utilities customers who use their own wind or solar power has drawn opposition from renewable energy backers who say the company is trying to stifle small-scale electricity generation. The fee is built into a 21-percent rate increase that’s proposed for about 26,000 eastern Montana customers. The Bismarck, North Dakota-based utility says ...

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Power outage delays Bakken drilling data

On Wednesday Bismarck, North Dakota, experienced a power outage which shut down computer servers servicing the Bakken oil patch. As reported by Reuters, the servers provide data which tracks the plethora of statistics across the second largest oil producing state in the nation. The loss of power caused North Dakota’s daily rig count to be unavailable. The rig count serves ...

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Utility company asks Montana to raise electricity rates

BILLINGS, Mont. — A utility company is proposing a 21 percent electricity rate increase for residents and businesses in dozens of eastern Montana communities, and state regulators said Tuesday they’ll carefully review the case to make sure customers don’t get gouged. The proposal from Montana-Dakota Utilities would increase residential electricity bills on average by $14.80 a month, or $178 a ...

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North Dakota senator to push again for clean coal legislation

WILLISTON, N.D. – Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota will re-introduce legislation on Thursday designed to encourage the development of clean coal technologies that could keep the fuel a key source of American power generation. The bill, which is likely to be popular in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate but face opposition from the White House, would offer financial incentives for ...

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Talking the Bakken

Last week at the MonDak Energy Alliance meeting, members of the oil and gas industry presented the current state of the industry and particularly the Bakken, reports The Williston Herald. The event was hosted at the Grand Williston Hotel and one of the four speakers, Stephen McNally, Hess Corp’s general manager of North Dakota operations, commented on the ingenuity of ...

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Dickinson refinery to start producing next month

DICKINSON, N.D. — Construction is wrapping up on an oil refinery near Dickinson that is expected to start producing fuel next month. Bismarck-based MDU Resources Group Inc. and Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners are building the $350 million Dakota Prairie Refinery. Construction started in March 2013. “We’ve been at this for a year and a half or so. Hiring the ...

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