Hoeven: Quadrennial Energy Review Affirms the Need for Infrastructure as Part of Energy Plan for Nation

Hoeven Legislation, Like Keystone XL Approval Bill, Advances Energy Infrastructure

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Energy Committee, today issued the following statement in response to the administration’s release of the first Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) from the Department of Energy (DOE). The senator proposed a quadrennial energy review in his legislation, the Domestic Jobs and Energy Act (DEJA), and also pushed the administration to hold QERs three years ago.

“The Quadrennial Energy Review the administration issued today affirmed what we have been saying and working on for a long time. To build an energy plan for the nation, we need to modernize and expand our energy infrastructure to strengthen both our economy and our national security.

“To illustrate that need, last summer, we brought Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to North Dakota for the first meeting of the QER. Our aim was to show him what a powerhouse North Dakota has become by developing all of our energy resources in tandem with good environmental stewardship through our ongoing Empower North Dakota plan launched more than a decade ago.

“The QER clearly recognizes the growth and importance of new energy development in North Dakota and elsewhere in the nation, as well as the need to update and expand our energy infrastructure. That includes the need for more pipelines, rail, transmission lines and other infrastructure. I was also pleased the review acknowledges the importance of the energy network that binds us with our close neighbors Canada and Mexico, a relationship that has benefited all three nations. That’s why I have continued to push for vital energy infrastructure like the Keystone XL pipeline.

“In the final analysis, we will have to see how the findings and recommendations in the report are used to advance energy policy in our country, particularly the commitment to reduce regulatory delays and encourage investment. There is much in the report to foster bipartisan cooperation, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in both chambers of Congress, consumers and industry to advance our common energy goals.”