Hoeven and Armstrong Discuss Energy Issues at LEC Annual Conference

The Lignite Energy Council hosted a congressional panel at the annual conference, which featured Senator John Hoeven (R) and Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R) to discuss their views on energy issues. Each member outlined their legislative efforts to bolster the state’s lignite industry and support research and development of clean coal technologies in North Dakota

“Our lignite industry provides affordable, reliable energy to power our homes, businesses and our economy. Coal is a vital part of our nation’s energy mix, which is why we continue working to develop new technologies and invest in research to ensure the future of this abundant energy resource. Our state is leading the way in developing clean coal technologies, including Project Tundra, a post-combustion technology to retrofit existing power plants, and the Allam Cycle, technology for new coal and natural gas power plants that uses supercritical CO2 to increase efficiency and allow emissions to be captured,” said Hoeven.

Senator Hoeven highlighted his legislative efforts that include:

  • Reintroducing Section 45Q Tax Credit Legislation: Hoeven continues working to reintroduce his legislation to make the Section 45Q tax credit more accessible by aligning its tax guidelines with existing federal regulations and to extend the Section 45 refined coal tax credit.
  • Advancing the Carbon Capture Modernization Act: The senator introduced bipartisan legislation to modernize the 48A tax credit for clean coal facilities to better support CO2 capture retrofit projects, like Project Tundra.

Congressman Armstrong shared that he was appointed to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. This Committee was re-formed for the 116th Congress and while it does not have legislative or subpoena power, this body will be a starting point for energy policy ideas such as the Green New Deal. He shared his views of being a first term congressional representative in the minority and highlighted how his previous experience working in the North Dakota legislature and the private sector would be of great benefit to the energy industry.