A bill to create a state Clean Energy Authority is now before a state Senate Committee.
HB 1452 would appropriate $40 million from the state’s General Fund. A companion proposal in HB 1431, the bonding bill, would add another $250 million.
The measure is designed to fund projects to reduce emissions. That would include carbon-capture systems at coal-fired electric plants.
One of the supporters – North Dakota Petroleum Council president Ron Ness – told the Senate Appropriations Committee this would give North Dakota energy a “leg up.”