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'Clean Energy Fund' bill in a Senate committee

Apr 6, 2021

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.”

Energy Issues and Answers, Part 2: Capping oil wells

Aug 11, 2020

In Part Two, Prairie Public's Dave Thompson talks to North Dakota Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms about how an oil well is capped, as it's being prepped for reclamation.

"Everyone should go solar," says Fargo homeowner

Mar 16, 2016
D. Webster

John Bagu says North Dakota's largest industry - agriculture - relies on the sun.  He says there's no reason why we can't get the majority of our energy from it.

Fedorchak announces campaign for re-election

Jan 6, 2016

Public Service Commission Chairman Julie Fedorchak has declared her candidacy for re-election to the PSC.

Fedorchak was appointed to the commission in 2012 when Kevin Cramer left for Congress.  She was then elected to the position in 2014 to finish out the remainder of that term.  This year, she is running for her own six year term on the PSC.

Energy, Transportation secretaries touring ND energy

Aug 8, 2014

Two Cabinet-level secretaries are taking a look at North Dakota’s energy industry.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx are looking at needs – and opportunities. And they’re hearing from people who want things to slow down.

As Prairie Public’s Dave Thompson reports, it’s part of the “Quadrennial Energy Review.”

Inside Energy project: Production and Politics

May 19, 2014

A continuing energy boom in the Rocky Mountains and Northern Great Plains is reshaping the future of what’s powering America, and we’re launching a new reporting project to keep track of that.

Through Inside Energy, we’re teaming up with public radio and television stations in Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota to explore the complex energy issues affecting our lives.


The three states are feeling this new energy economy differently, and it’s changing political realities in different ways.


Senate energy committee chairman touring ND

Sep 6, 2013
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The chairman of the US Senate Energy Committee says he understands the need for infrastructure – especially pipelines – in western North Dakota to get oil and natural gas to market.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is touring western North Dakota at the invitation of fellow Energy Committee member Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND). Wyden says he’d like to talk to people in the petroleum industry on the idea of so-called “smart pipelines.”

Hoeven, Heitkamp hosting new Interior Secretary

Aug 6, 2013

Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) are hosting new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell this week on a tour of western North Dakota.
The group will visit oil and natural gas wells, talk with energy industry representatives and tour Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Hoeven says it’s to help Jewell understand the state’s comprehensive approach to energy development.

Budget would cut two PSC staff in weights and measures

Mar 19, 2013

Members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission say its efforts to make sure such things as scales and gasoline pumps are in compliance may go by the wayside – if the PSC budget passes as it stands right now.

The PSC is responsible for weights and measures. Right now, that division has four authorized staff. The way the Commission’s budget stands, that’s reduced to two.