Chamber of Commerce hosts annual Midwest Energy Summit

More than 100 guests gathered to hear panelists from across the country speak on the changes in the energy industry.

More than 100 guests gathered for the Midwest Energy Summit Tuesday, Nov. 1.
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FARGO — The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce held its annual Midwest Energy Summit in south Fargo on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 1.

Panelists from across the country touched on key topics like long-term energy production and sustainability in the energy industry. More than 100 people were in attendance at the event.

Key note speaker Julie Fedorchak, commissioner of North Dakota Public Service, spoke on the rising cost of energy for people across the country.

"We have to permit and build renewable generation — wind, solar, and batteries — to replace many times over the capacity of these retired assets, and add these to the customer's bills," she said.

She also said the rise of electric vehicles and charging stations will also raise charges for energy consumers. In her speech, Fedorchak made it clear she believes solutions for high costs are in sight.


"Let me be clear, I have no doubt that technology can and will fix this gap. The most brilliant minds in the world are working on it, and the budget as discussed is massive," she said.

The next Midwest Summit put on by the Chamber of Commerce is on the economic outlook of the Midwest on Feb. 8.

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