BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A proposed power line in western North Dakota will help export some of the region’s wind energy to Minnesota.

Allete Inc. wants to construct the line along the border between Oliver and Morton counties. It will stretch for about 11 miles and cost $10 million to build.

North Dakota’s Public Service Commission has scheduled a hearing to take public comment about the proposal. It’s being held at 10 a.m. March 5 at the Oliver County Courthouse in Center.

Commissioners say the line will help transport energy from western North Dakota’s new wind power projects to Minnesota customers.

Commission Chairman Tony Clark says the project also will make it easier to sell wind power on the open market. Electric demand in western North Dakota’s oil country is growing.

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