Hoeven Addresses NDAREC Legislative Rally, Outlines Work to Ensure Low-Cost, Dependable Electricity

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy Committee, this week spoke to members of the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) at their legislative rally on Capitol Hill. The senator provided a legislative update and outlined his work to support the state’s electric cooperatives.

“Thanks to the efforts of our innovative energy industry, including our electric cooperatives, North Dakota is a global leader in producing more energy with better environmental stewardship,” said Hoeven. “We’re working to ensure your good work continues, that includes working to crack the code on carbon capture technologies, and blocking harmful regulations from the Biden administration to empower our energy producers. We want to ensure that our electric cooperatives and energy producers can continue to provide low-cost, dependable electricity 24 hours per day, seven days a week.”  

Hoeven has been working to support the state’s electric cooperatives, including:  

  • Advancing efforts to crack the code on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies. Hoeven has worked to secure North Dakota’s leadership for nearly 15 years:
    • As governor, created a regulatory framework for carbon storage in the state.
    • As U.S. Senator, secured approval of the state’s application for regulatory primacy over the use of Class VI wells for geologic storage of CO2. North Dakota was the first of only two states to have this authority.
    • Worked to implement and enhance the 45Q tax credit, one of the most important incentives to make CCUS projects commercially-viable, among other priorities.
  • Pushing back on the Biden administration’s harmful Green New Deal agenda, including leading opposition to the EPA’s proposed revision of the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) rule targeting coal-fired electric power plants.
    • The Biden administration is attempting to revive an Obama-era rule that would impose a costly new mandate on North Dakota’s lignite-fired power plants, despite a 2020 review by EPA that found the existing cost-effective regulations are protective of human health and safety. Hoeven plans to lead a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval to block the MATS rule, should the EPA finalize the rule.