Hoeven Helps Secure Approval of Energy Secretary Nominee in Senate Committee

Senator Invited Brouillette to Visit North Dakota, Also Helped Advance FERC & Deputy Interior Secretary Nominees

WASHINGTON – At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven helped advance the nomination of Dan Brouillette to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Energy, sending it to the full Senate for consideration. In an earlier committee hearing and a meeting at the senator’s office, Hoeven secured a commitment from Brouillette to visit North Dakota and see firsthand the efforts of the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) and its partners to develop commercially-viable carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies. 

Hoeven previously hosted Brouillete, who currently serves at Deputy Energy Secretary, in North Dakota to keynote last year’s Great Plains and Empower ND Energy Conference. In addition to Brouillette, Hoeven also joined the committee in advancing the nominations of James Danly to serve as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Katharine MacGregor to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

“With North Dakota’s role as a global energy powerhouse, these nominees will have a direct impact on our state,” Hoeven said. “Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette is well qualified to be our Energy Secretary and during his confirmation hearing, he again reaffirmed his commitment to important priorities like the development of commercially-viable carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies and infrastructure. We look forward to moving his nomination, as well as the nominations of James Danly and Katharine MacGregor, through the full Senate as we continue to work together to advance our nation’s energy security.”