State and Local Policy Database

North Dakota

State Scorecard Rank

51

North Dakota

3.0Scored out of 50Updated 9/2016
State Government
Score: 0.5 out of 7
State Government Summary List All

The state offers one grant for consumer energy efficiency projects, and does not actively lead by example. There are no research centers focused on energy efficiency within the state.

Financial Incentives List All

Financial Incentive information for North Dakota is provided by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE North Dakota). Information about additional incentives not present on DSIRE is listed here.

Energy Conservation Grant Program: The grant program is administered by the Division of Community Services and assists North Dakota political subdivisions in making energy efficiency improvements to public buildings. Awards range from $10,000 to$100,0000 and a 50% cash match is required. 

Last Updated: July 2016

Building Energy Disclosure List All

There is no disclosure policy in place.

Last Updated: July 2016

Public Building Requirements List All

Though North Dakota has no requirements for state buildings, it does have programs in place for public building efficiency. The legislature approved a continuing appropriation to assist North Dakota political subdivisions that are making energy efficiency improvements to public buildings. Applicants can receive up to $100,000 on qualifying projects. This program will receive $1.2 million per biennium. Recipients will be required to benchmark using EPA’s Portfolio Manager.

Last Updated: July 2016

Fleets List All

No policy in place or proposed

Note: For state efficient fleet initiatives, policies listed must make a specific, mandatory requirement for increasing state fleet efficiency. State alternative-fuel vehicle procurement requirements that give a voluntary option to count efficient vehicles are thus not included.

Last Updated: July 2016

Energy Savings Performance Contracting List All

Section 48-05-10 & 48-05-11 of North Dakota Code enables energy savings contracts.

Last Updated: July 2016

Research & Development List All

No public research centers have a focus on energy efficiency.

Last Updated: July 2016

Important Links List All
Buildings
Score: 1 out of 7
Buildings Summary List All

North Dakota is a home rule state and has no statewide mandatory energy codes. The voluntary energy code is under the purview of the North Dakota State Building Code and the state Building Code Advisory Committee has the authority to make recommendations that could include energy standards future editions of the State Building Code. Chapters 11 and 13 of the 2009 IRC and IBC are contingent upon adoption by local jurisdictions. As of January 1, 2011, in chapter 11 of the IRC jurisdictions have the choice of adopting the IRC requirements or the 2009 IECC requirements. In chapter 13 of the IBC jurisdictions must meet the 2009 IECC requirements. The state is currently using the 2014 North Dakota State Building Code, but the energy code remains unchanged from the 2011 version.

Residential Codes List All

North Dakota is a home rule state and has no statewide mandatory energy codes. Approximately 83% of the state’s population lives in a jurisdiction that has adopted the ND State Building Code which includes the 2009 IECC.

Last Updated: July 2016

Commercial Code List All

North Dakota is a home rule state and has no statewide mandatory energy codes. Approximately 83% of the state’s population lives in a jurisdiction that has adopted the ND State Building Code which includes the 2009 IECC.

Last Updated: July 2016

Compliance List All
  • Gap Analysis/Strategic Compliance Plan: NA
  • Baseline & Updated Compliance Studies: NA
  • Utility Involvement: NA
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group: NA
  • Training/Outreach: A series of seven trainings on the 2009 IECC were held across the state in January of 2015 for contractors, code officials, and aspiring code officials.

Last Updated: July 2015

CHP
Score: 0.5 out of 4
CHP Summary List All

Some incentives are available for CHP, but the state has limited policies in place to encourage CHP deployment. No new CHP system was installed in North Dakota in 2015.

Interconnection StandardsList All

There is currently no interconnection standard in place that applies to CHP.

For more information on interconnection standards, click here.

Last Updated: June 2016

Encouraging CHP as a ResourceList All

There are currently no state policies designed to acquire energy savings from CHP (like other efficiency resources) or energy generation from CHP (in terms of kWh production) that apply to all forms of CHP.

Last Updated: June 2016

Deployment IncentivesList All

Incentives, grants, or financing: CHP systems maybe be eligible for assistance through the state’s Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Electrical Generating Facilities program, according to which all electrical generating facilities are 100% exempt from sales and use taxes in North Dakota.

Net metering: North Dakota’s net metering rule applies to systems 100 kW or smaller that operate in the service areas of investor-owned utilities. If a customer has net excess generation (NEG) at the end of a monthly billing period, the utility must purchase the NEG at the utility's avoided-cost rate. There is no statewide limit on aggregate net-metered capacity. These rules apply to CHP systems.

Last Updated: June 2016

Additional Supportive PoliciesList All

There are currently no additional supportive policies to encourage CHP.

Last Updated: June 2016

Utilities
Score: 0 out of 20
Utilities Summary List All

While the PSC does not require utilities to implement energy efficiency programs, regulated utilities are required to meet their power needs through least-cost planning, which includes the consideration of Demand Side Management (DSM) programs. North Dakota’s utilities run a limited set of programs in order to meet resource needs, however efficiency program budgets and the associated energy savings have been below the national average.

The most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings can be found in the State Spending and Savings Tables.

Customer Energy Efficiency Programs List All

North Dakota’s utilities run a limited set of energy efficiency programs. Otter Tail Power offers a financing program for energy efficiency improvements as well as rebates. Northern Plains Electric Cooperative also offers a commercial energy efficiency loan program. Xcel energy and a number of municipal utilities offer rebates for energy-efficient appliances.

The most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings can be found in the State Spending and Savings Tables.

Last Updated: July 2015

Energy Efficiency as a Resource List All

There is currently no policy in place that treats energy efficiency as a resource.

The North Dakota PSC has a rule that requires integrated resource planning (IRP). 

For more information on energy efficiency as a resource, click here.

Last Updated: July 2015

Energy Efficiency Resource Standards List All

There is currently no EERS in place.

For more information on Energy Efficiency Resource Standards, click here.

Last Updated: July 2015

Utility Business Model List All

There is currently no policy in place that decouples utility profits from sales. Xcel Energy has a straight fixed variable approach in place. 

Last Updated: July 2015 

Evaluation, Measurement, & Verification List All

There are no formally approved ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs in North Dakota. For more information on Evaluation Measurement and Verification, click here.

Last Updated: July 2015

Data AccessList All

North Dakota has no policy in place that requires utilities to release energy use data to customers or third parties. 

Last Updated: July 2015

Transportation
Score: 1 out of 10
Transportation Summary List All

The state integrates transportation and land-use planning, but has not otherwise pursued policies that encourage efficient transportation systems.

Tailpipe Emission Standards List All

No policy in place or proposed.

Last Updated: July 2015

Transportation System Efficiency List All

Transportation and Land Use Integration: The state of North Dakota passed House Bill 1340 in December 2009 mandating metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to develop, in cooperation with the state and public transit operators, transportation plans and programs for metropolitan areas. These plans must include transportation measures that promote inter-modal transportation development and efficient transportation systems while minimizing transportation-related fuel consumption. Transportation plans must also comply with government-approved comprehensive growth plans.

VMT Targets: No policy in place or proposed.

Complete Streets: No policy in place or proposed.

MAP 21 Freight Plans and Goals: The state has a comprehensive freight plan in place but it does not highlight concrete freight system efficiency strategies or include efficiency performance measures. 

Last Updated: June 2016

Transit Funding List All

No policy in place or proposed.

Last Updated: July 2015

Incentives for High-Efficiency Vehicles List All

No policy in place or proposed.

Last Updated: July 2015

Appliance Standards
Score: 0 out of 2
Appliance Standards Summary List All

North Dakota has not set appliance standards beyond those required by the federal government.

Last Updated: July 2016