A twelve-million-dollar investment in a new electricity substation will improve reliability of electrical power in Minot and the Minot Air Force Base.
The new bulk delivery substation will also provide the power needed for the areas of new growth in southwest Minot.
Senator Hoeven and Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley attended a ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon.
Central Power Electric Cooperative built the seven-million-dollar bulk delivery substation --- used to supply Verendrye Electric Cooperative.
It provides another source of power from an existing 115,000 volt line owned by Basin Electric Power Cooperative.
Another five-million-dollars was invested in 17 miles of transmission lines from the new bulk substation to existing distribution substations around Minot.
Central Power also hosted an open house for the four-million-dollar addition to the office building in Minot.
Lt. Governor Wrigley says the energy infrastructure improvements are a crucial part of a growing economy.
(Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, (R) North Dakota) "Having a sense that to maintain this growth and to expand this number one economy, it takes that investment and vision that this economy takes a skeletal structure supporting it and our infrastructure - whether it's water or roads, or our electrical grid."
Montana-Dakota Utilities officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for a new office building and warehouse to continue electric improvements in the Williston area.