In 2007, the North Dakota Legislature formalized energy policy and created the 16-member EmPower Commission. This group is charged with developing comprehensive energy policy recommendations for the state's diverse and growing energy industry. The commission is made up of representatives from all the state's energy industries and is a model of how differing interests can come together for the good of an industry.
The EmPower Commission released a policy update and recommendation report in July 2016. This report is available below and provides the basis for possible legislation to continue to support the energy industry in North Dakota.

EmPower ND Commission Energy Policy


Commission Members

Josh Teigen -  Commerce Commissioner, Chairman   Stacey Dahl - Minnkota Power Cooperative   Ron Ness - North Dakota Petroleum Council, oil and gas   Jason Bohrer - Lignite Energy Council, transmission   Julie Voeck - NextEra Energy, ex officio
Gerald Bachmeier - Red Trail Biorefinery, ex officio   Justin Denver - Montana Dakota Utilities, investor owned utilities   Jeff Zueger - North American Coal Corporation, ethanol   Danette Welsh - ONEOK, refining or gas
  Al Christianson - Retired and Industry Leader, biomass
Tyler Hamman - BEPC   Mike Rud - North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association, petroleum marketers   David Straley - Coteau Properties, lignite coal   David Ripplinger - NDSU Agriculture    
Wade Boeshans - Summit Carbon, ex officio   Brent Brannan - ND Oil and Gas, ex officio   Lt. Governor Tammy Miller - Office of the Governor, ex officio        


Minutes and Appendices

December 29, 2022

September 19, 2022

August 10, 2022 Planning Session 2

August 4, 2022 Planning Session 1

June 23, 2022

February 9, 2022

November 2, 2021

September 8, 2021

June 9, 2021

Legislative March 17, 2021

Legislative March 3, 2021

Legislative February 17, 2021

Legislative February 3, 2021

Legislative January 20, 2021

Legislative January 13, 2021