By: Christopher Bjorke, Grand Forks Herald
North Dakota Public Service Commission candidate Brad Crabtree was in Grand Forks to discuss energy efficiency and green energy jobs with Mayor Mike Brown on Wednesday.
Brown took Crabtree on a tour of the city Industrial Park and talked about workforce reductions at wind blade manufacturer LM Wind Power.
Crabtree said that continued federal aid to the wind power industry through the Production Tax Credit would support energy jobs in the state. The North Dakota PSC does not have a role in the federal tax credit, a subsidy to wind energy producers.
“You don’t produce oil in Grand Forks County. You don’t have coal mines. In fact you don’t have wind farms,” Crabtree said, but “Grand Forks and LM Wind are the ones adding real value.”
He also complimented Brown on the city’s energy efficiency initiatives, including timed stop lights to reduce stop times, hybrid city buses and energy efficiency goals.
“It helps to have cities like Grand Forks take the lead and push things,” Crabtree said.