Energy Policy Commission (EmPower North Dakota Commission)

Type of Board: Policy Making Pay/Benefits: state rate
Voting Members: 13 Other Members: 0
Non-Voting Members: 5 Created by: NDCC § 17-07-01
Length of Terms: 2 years, no term limits
Frequency of Meetings: at least 4 times per biennium
Address: 1600 East Century Avenue Suite 2 Bismarck, ND 58503
Phone: (701) 328-5311
Contact: Sherri Frieze
To develop a comprehensive energy policy for the state that addresses: 1) The policy of this state to stimulate the development of renewable and traditional fossil-based energy within the state with the goal of providing secure, diverse, sustainable and competitive energy supplies that can be produced and secured within the state to assist the nation in reducing its dependence on foreign energy sources. 2)The policy of this state to promote the development of new technologies, provide innovative opportunities, create additional employment and wealth that contributes to economic development, and decrease dependence on foreign energy supplies. 3) Growth of the fossil fuel and renewable energy industries within this state to encourage the state's competitiveness for both the domestic and export markets. 4) The assistance the state provides in research, development, and marketing of North Dakota produced energy sources, including biodiesel, biomass, coal, ethanol, geothermal, hydroelectric, hydrogen, natural gas, oil, solar and wind. 5) The need to: a. Expand the use of existing energy resources such as coal, oil, gas, wind and hydropower by supporting continued research and development of technologies designed to enhance the use of traditional fuels. b. Examine ways to diversify the state's energy resource base by encouraging the growth of renewable sources such as wind, biomass, geological, solar and water. c. Evaluate existing tax credits and incentives for all energy resources. d. Modernize and expand the state's energy infrastructure to ensure that energy supplies can be safely, reliably, and affordably transported to homes and businesses. e. Examine potential innovations that will be necessary to improve environmental conditions through the use of new technologies designed to encourage the continued use of fossil fuel as well as renewable resources. f. Review energy industry workforce and training needs and educational opportunities to enhance the future productivity of the energy industry. g. Develop a strategy to maximize the state's market opportunities in regional and global markets.

Member Name Position Work County Appt. Date Term Ends
Bachmeier, Gerald Non-Voting Member (701) 974-3308 Morton 3/6/2019 6/30/2022
Best, Vawnita Agriculture Community Representative (701) 580-1862 McKenzie 12/1/2019 6/30/2022
Boeshans, Wade Non-Voting Member (701) 355-5510 Burleigh 2/8/2017 6/30/2022
Bohrer, Jason Lignite Energy Council Representative (701) 258-7117 Burleigh 8/16/2013 6/30/2021
Christianson, Al Biomass Industry Representative (701) 442-7664 McLean 7/1/2017 6/30/2022
Dahl, Stacey Non-Voting Member (701) 795-4252 Grand Forks 8/21/2017 6/30/2021
Day, Ron Biodiesel or Green Diesel Industry Representative (701) 250-1954 Morton 7/18/2007 6/30/2022
Kommer, Michelle Commerce Commissioner (701) 328-3708 Cass 2/13/2019 Open
Ness, Ronald Petroleum Council Representative (701) 223-6380 Burleigh 7/18/2007 6/30/2022
Niezwaag, Dale Generation and Transmission Electric Cooperative Representative (701) 355-5417 Burleigh 10/22/2007 6/30/2022
Nisbet, Mark Wind Industry Representative (701) 241-8607 Cass 7/18/2007 6/30/2022
Rud, Mike Petroleum Marketers Association Representative (701) 223-3370 Burleigh 7/1/2010 6/30/2022
Sanford, Brent Ex-officio (701) 328-4200 Burleigh 8/1/2017 7/31/2021
Skabo, Jay Investor-Owned Electric Utility Representative (701) 222-7722 Burleigh 1/3/2014 6/30/2022
Straley, David Lignite Coal-Producing Industry Representative (701) 222-7596 Burleigh 7/18/2007 6/30/2022
Voeck, Julie Non-Voting Member (414) 475-1035 Regional 5/1/2015 6/30/2021
Welsh, Danette Refining or Gas Processing Representative (701) 751-6005 Morton 10/11/2018 6/30/2022
Zueger, Jeff Ethanol Industry Representative (701) 442-7501 Morton 10/11/2018 6/30/2021