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Published March 10, 2010, 07:56 AM

ND AG discussing Minn. carbon regulations

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s attorney general plans to ask Minnesota officials to support changing a law that makes North Dakota’s coal-generated electricity more expensive to sell in Minnesota.

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s attorney general plans to ask Minnesota officials to support changing a law that makes North Dakota’s coal-generated electricity more expensive to sell in Minnesota.

Wayne Stenehjem said he has scheduled meetings in St. Paul on Wednesday with Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Minnesota legislators.

Last month North Dakota’s Industrial Commission sent a letter to Minnesota lawmakers asking for changes in a state energy law. Stenehjem is a commission member. The law orders utilities to assign higher costs to most future supplies of coal-generated electricity.

Stenehjem contends the law is unconstitutional. Minnesota state Sen. Ellen Anderson disputes that. She says it’s not likely to be changed in the way Stenehjem wants.

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