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Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak answers questions after fellow commissioners Brian Kroshus, left, and Randy Christmann joined her in proposing a $15,000 settlement offer to Dakota Access Pipeline during a special meeting at the state Capitol in August. The proposed fine was later dropped.

North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak has been appointed secretary of the Organization of MISO States. The appointment also gives Fedorchak a spot on the MISO Advisory Committee, which advises the MISO Governing Board.

“These groups have a significant impact on our lives by ensuring that our electric system operates reliably and at the lowest reasonable cost,” Fedorchak said. “This new position gives North Dakota a stronger voice for influencing the decisions made by both organizations that stand to have a big impact on people.”

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator is an independent, nonprofit organization responsible for reliable operation of the regional electric grid owned by member utilities in 15 states, including North Dakota. Members collaborate to share information and resources, debate and exchange ideas on policy issues and communicate their viewpoints. The OMS consists of 17 members across 15 states and the Canadian province of Manitoba.

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