The Yellowstone River Compact, agreed to by the States of Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming, provides for an equitable division and apportionment of the waters of the Yellowstone River, as well as for the conservation, development, and beneficial use of water in the Yellowstone River Basin. This chapter provides more specific information on regulations governing the basin.
In addition to home energy audits, Xcel Energy offers rebates to North Dakota residential customers for the purchase of energy efficient heating and water heating technologies. Xcel offers rebates to homeowners for natural gas furnaces and boilers and natural gas water heaters. Through the Energy Audit offering, residents can receive audits at 70% less than market value to help them determine the right energy-savings improvements for their homes. Contact Xcel for more information on this program.
Workforce 20/20 a state funded program that assists employers who provide retraining and upgrade training to support the introduction of new technologies and work methods into the workplace. The funding is provided for current workers and new employees. Training funded under Workforce 20/20 is limited to North Dakota residents who are or will be employed in the state. The program is a funding source to assist in reducing the cost of training for the employer.
North Dakota allows property owners to grant an easement that ensures adequate exposure of a wind-energy system to the wind. The easement runs with the land benefited and burdened, and terminates upon the conditions stated in the easement. The statutes authorizing the creation of wind easements include several provisions to protect property owners. For example, a wind easement may not make the property owner liable for any property tax associated with the wind-energy system or other equipment related to wind-energy generation.
The waters of North Dakota are understood as belonging to the public and may be appropriated for beneficial uses. However, the right to use water in large quantities must be acquired. Entities requiring water for beneficial uses may exercise the right of eminent domain in certain circumstances. The State Water Commission is established to oversee the conservation, management, development, and control of waters and atmospheric resources in North Dakota, and to establish comprehensive state water development programs.
Water Resource Districts are created throughout the state of North Dakota to manage, conserve, protect, develop, and control water resources. Each District will be governed by a Water Resource Board, which will manage water uses and water management facilities (including dams) in the district, and set local regulations regarding water use, flooding, and pollution.
A water management plan is required for all surface coal mining operations. This plan must be submitted to the State Engineer of the State Water Commission at the same time a surface mining permit is submitted to the Public Service Commission. These regulations discuss permit requirements, water management plan contents, water diversions, sediment control, groundwater protection, and impoundments.
The Venture Capital Program, provided by the ND Department of Commerce, is an innovative financial program that provides flexible financing through debt and equity investments for new or expanding businesses in the state of North Dakota. The New Venture Capital Program will invest up to $300,000 in varying forms of debt and equity for eligible businesses.