Hoeven: Energy Infrastructure Crucial Part of Growing Economy

Senator Calls for Continued Energy Development to Lower Costs, Spur Growth

MINOT, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today delivered remarks at the dedication and ribbon-cutting of Central Power Cooperative’s new power substation, located southwest of Minot. In addition to the $7 million substation, the cooperative has also constructed $5 million worth of new transmission lines with the purpose of supplying Verendrye Electric Cooperative with the power needed to meet the increased demand in western North Dakota resulting from increased energy development in that area.

“By delivering the power our industry and families need, energy infrastructure such as Central Power’s new substation plays a crucial role in the continued growth of our economy,” Hoeven said. “I am working in Washington to make sure that we make the right kind of investments, not only in infrastructure, but also in the kind of pro-growth legal, tax and regulatory environment we need to bring down costs and allow our economy to grow.”

As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Hoeven has pushed for legislation to expand energy production and delivery, streamline regulations and permitting and approve critical energy infrastructure.

Examples of legislation the Senator has sponsored include the Empower States Act, the Domestic Fuels Act, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, the Bureau of Land Management Streamlining Act, the Coal Ash Recycling and Oversight Act and legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.