The role of the North Dakota Public Service Commission

The North Dakota Public Service Commission must issue three permits before a transmission line can be constructed. For more information about the state regulatory process, view the project fact sheet or visit the ND PSC website.

Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity

A Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the Commission is required prior to building a high voltage transmission line. It determines that public convenience and necessity call for the construction of the proposed transmission line.

Certificate of Corridor Compatibility

A Certificate of Corridor Compatibility establishes a corridor through which the proposed transmission line may be routed.

Route Permit

During Route Permit proceedings, the Commission examines alternative routes for the proposed transmission line within the designated corridor.

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