Study: North Dakota electric consumption could rise by 71% over two decades

ISMARCK — A new study commissioned by North Dakota officials predicts the state’s electric consumption will grow by as much as 71% over the next two decades thanks largely to expanding oil and gas activity.


The North Dakota Industrial Commission reviewed the Barr Engineering Co. study during its meeting Tuesday, May 28. The commission, chaired by Gov. Doug Burgum, oversees the North Dakota Transmission Authority, which commissioned the forecast.