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Pro-Wind Lawmaker Accidentally Speaks the Truth About Wind Energy: It’s Not Needed or Stable

“I want to see us support and make coal more competitive,” said House Minority Leader Corey Mock, a Democrat from Grand Forks, said in a committee hearing in Bismarck last week. “But I certainly wouldn’t want to do it at the expense of other energy industries.” That’s an ironic statement given that the topic at

In North Dakota, almost 20 percent of electricity generation comes from wind power. These turbines, near Edgeley, are among the state's 2,140-megawatt wind power capacity. New wind farms are in development to take advantage of tax credits that are being phased out. File photo.

New Amendment Could Reignite Fight in Legislature Over Wind Energy

The joke among lawmakers this legislative session is that the wind energy industry, exercised by legislation aimed at undermining some of advantages they’ve been given in the law, has been stimulating the economy of Bismarck with the number of lobbyists they’ve parachuted in to work at the session. And the fight isn’t over yet. It’s

Governor Doug Burgum Is Spot-on When It Comes to Repealing North Dakota’s Parking Meter Ban

There is no question that Governor Doug Burgum is a bit of a booster when it comes to developing downtown spaces in North Dakota communities. That was his passion before he ran for office when he was an evangelist for, and major investor in, downtown Fargo. Now that he’s in office it should surprise nobody

Chairwoman Jessica Unruh, R-Beulah, discusses energy legislation while chairing the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Audio: Farm Bureau President Says Agriculture Wasn’t “at the Table” for New State Environmental Agency

“Senate Bill 2327 would transfer the powers of the Environmental Health Section in the North Dakota Department of Health to a new Department of Environmental Quality, its leader being a member of the governor’s Cabinet,” my colleague John Hageman reports. The idea behind the bill, introduced by coal country Senator Jessica Unruh (R-Beulah), is to

Amendment Would Seek a Moratorium on Approving New Wind Power Projects in North Dakota

In its original form SB2314, introduced by Republican Senator Jessica Unruh of Beulah, would have addressed power companies seeking rate hikes here in North Dakota to pay for compliance with green power mandates in other states. It also would have moved North Dakota’s renewable energy mandate (which has long since been satisfied) from the law and

State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, pictured in 2015, says nothing is off the table as she considers her office's budget. (TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO)

Republicans, Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Eliminate State Treasurer’s Office

During the 2016 election cycle state Senator Tim Mathern, the Democratic candidate for Treasurer, built what little there was of his campaign around the idea of eliminating the Treasurer’s office. Not many voters bought it. Mathern got less than 30 percent of the vote while Republican incumbent Kelly Schmidt earned a fourth term in office

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