Hoeven Says North Dakota 'Leads' Nation in Carbon Capture Technology

Bismarck - A day after the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt announces plans to kill the Clean Power Plan, energy leaders gathered in Bismarck to talk about what's next for energy production in the state.

One hot issue is coal.

Times are changing for North Dakota Energy.

"The innovation and the technology that [companies are] deploying out there is leading globally when it comes to new technology for the energy industry," Sen. John Hoeven (R) North Dakota says.

And new technology is coming from one of North Dakota's oldest sources, coal.

"Now in the coal area we're working to address the CO2 issue," Hoeven says.

CO2 emissions have been a battle ground, with the Obama administration ordering coal plants to reduce their CO2 emissions.

But the Trump administration is rolling back regulations and Hoeven says North Dakota is thinking outside the box and capturing CO2.

"[Companies have] developed and deployed the technology that now is state of the art not nationally, but globally, in North Dakota," Hoeven says.

 

North Dakota's own Dakota Gasification already captures CO2 to produce bi-products which help extract oil and make fertilizer for farmers.

"When we have to have a cost structure where we can compete with anybody that's what continues to drive our innovation and our technology,"Hoeven says.

NET Power, a company looking to harness CO2 and create cleaner coal and gas power plants, is looking for their next place to build and their CEO says North Dakota is a top contender.

"Coal is a lot more difficult and North Dakota has led the way in helping us figure out coal," Bill Brown, CEO of NET Power says.

North Dakota is one of six sites the company is considering.

And Hoeven hopes to see in this new stage of regulation that the energy industry will regulate itself.

"It needs to be something that's common sense and that encourages the kind of development that we're talking about," Hoeven says.

And says will help keep North Dakota producing energy.

The Dakota Resource Council says the decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan was no surprise and says those who will be hurt the most by the decision are the workers and coal communities.


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