Mr Connors will lead the development of a corporatewide renewable resources investment strategy. He will focus on identifying potential investment opportunities that are complementary to the company’s existing business units and on strategic responses to legislation and regulations related to carbon emissions and renewable energy.

Mr Connors, with more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry, joined the company in 2004. As vice president of origination, contracts and regulatory for Centennial Energy Resources, an MDU Resources subsidiary, Mr Connors helped lead the sale of the company’s domestic independent power business unit in 2007.

Terry Hildestad, president and CEO of MDU Resources Group, said: Bill will help us expand and capitalize on the renewable efforts already under way at our business units by developing a coordinated strategy across the corporation. He will help us develop a better understanding of the renewable resources market that is evolving in this country, and build an investment strategy that can provide solid shareholder returns.