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Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative added this $5.5 million transformer to a substation near Wheelock, N.D. The 100-megawatt transformer can power the equivalent of 10,000 farmsteads. Special to Forum Communications Read the article: Oil Patch's electricity needs projected to triple

Oil Patch's electricity needs projected to triple

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WILLISTON, N.D. - When the Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative turns on six new substations today, it is a sign of things to come as electrical demand is expected to triple in the Oil Patch.

A forecast released Tuesday says the 22 North Dakota counties in the Williston Basin will demand 3,030 megawatts of power annually by 2032, up from the current electric load of 971 megawatts.

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