Priorities

Julie’s priorities on the Public Service Commission include supporting reliable, affordable utility services and safe, orderly development and operation of energy-related infrastructure including pipelines.

Since being appointed to the Commission by Gov. Dalrymple in January 2013, Fedorchak:

• Approved $1 billion in energy related infrastructure projects last year and nearly $1.5 billion already in 2014. Another $5 billion are still in various stages of the permitting process;

• Oversaw the permitting and approval of a major high-voltage power line to serve growing needs for electricity in western North Dakota;

• Spearheaded permitting and approval of the 250,000 barrel per day Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline to safely transport crude oil to market and decrease stress on roads and rail;

• Helped improve the pipeline siting and construction processes by:

o Hiring additional engineers to manage the growing workload.
o Creating a construction inspection program to employ third-party inspectors for every pipeline project who monitor construction and ensure high safety standards are met.
o Collecting GPS data on all the infrastructure used in mapping, planning and monitoring.
o Simplifying the rules for making route changes during pipeline construction to best accommodate landowner requests without delays.
o Pushing companies to use the best available technology for spill prevention and detection such as flow meters, pressure sensors, stop valves and cathotic protection.

 
• Is developing a state-run rail safety plan to supplement the existing federal program that has long-served our rail industry.

• Launched a Consumer Affairs portfolio to enhance communication with citizens and provide more focus and oversight of consumer questions and complaints;

• Completed an historic rate case settlement with Xcel Energy that provides four-year rate stability, commits the company to additional thermal generation in North Dakota and eliminates from North Dakota rate payers costly energy mandates passed by the Minnesota legislature.

Julie Fedorchak has been serving on the PSC since January 2, 2013 when Gov. Jack Dalrymple appointed her to complete Kevin Cramer’s term. She was most recently the state director for U.S. Senator John Hoeven. She brings to the commission 20 years of public and private sector experience including 10 years running her own business and serving as a senior policy advisor for both Hoeven and Gov. Ed Schafer. A fourth generation North Dakotan, Julie is steadfast in her commitment to good government and public service. She brings a pragmatic approach to the energy development challenges facing North Dakota, balancing the need for fair and certain regulatory processes with a strong focus on improving public safety and environmental stewardship.