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Demand For Electricity Surges In North Dakota Oilfield

A Whiting Petroleum Co. pump jack pulls crude oil from the Bakken region of the Northern Plains near Bainville, Mont., Nov. 6, 2013. (Matthew Brown/AP)
A Whiting Petroleum Co. pump jack pulls crude oil from the Bakken region of the Northern Plains near Bainville, Mont., Nov. 6, 2013. (Matthew Brown/AP)

New oil development is driving a huge demand for power in western North Dakota. Utilities have been scrambling to keep up with this demand, and with new government restrictions on carbon emissions, they’re doing it without new coal generation.

Reporter Emily Guerin of Here & Now contributor Inside Energy takes a look about how this region may be a test case for how to generate more power without coal.

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