Hoeven: DOE Awards $465 Million Grant for Energy Transmission Investments in North Dakota, Minnesota

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a nearly $465 million grant for grid infrastructure investments in North Dakota and the surrounding region. The grant is being awarded to the Joint Targeted Interconnection Queue (JTIQ) Transmission Project, a collaboration between Midcontinent Independent Service Operator (MISO) and the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), along with utility, developer, and state partners. The JTIQ will use the federal funding, along with an expected contribution of $1.3 billion from participating state and utility partners, to identify and implement needed grid investments.

Hoeven led a delegation effort urging DOE to fund the project, which will expand interregional transfer capabilities between MISO and SPP to improve the grid across both service regions.

“North Dakota is an energy powerhouse for our nation, particularly because of our modern coal-fired power plants that provide low-cost, dependable electricity across our region regardless of weather conditions,” said Hoeven. “This project will expand our transmission capabilities to ensure that we can reliably deliver energy where it is needed most. That’s vital not only to improve the reliability and resilience of our grid but also to make energy more affordable for consumers.”

The grant is being awarded under the DOE’s Energy Grid Resilience and Innovative Partnerships program.