|The Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah, ND, is the only commercial-scale coal gasification facility in the U.S. that manufactures natural gas.
Energy offers some of the greatest growth opportunities for North Dakota. Energy is the state's largest industry. Over the past several Legislative Sessions, the Governor and the Legislature have implemented a comprehensive package of state incentives to stimulate growth in all energy sectors and to create a broad-based energy strategy that maximizes all of North Dakota's energy resources.
North Dakota's energy incentives are working. Many new renewable energy projects have been completed, announced, or are under construction in the state. This includes wind projects that have been completed, are under construction, or filed letters of intent with the Public Service Commission.
When all of these projects are realized, they will have the capacity to produce:
- 325 million gallons of ethanol,
- 85 million gallons of biodiesel, and
- 2,500 megawatts of wind power.
Some of the new programs created to enhance energy production in North Dakota include EmPower ND Commission, Renewable Energy Program and the Biomass Incentive and Research Program. With the growth in renewable energy, progressive lignite coal development and the oil exploration occurring in the state, North Dakota's energy industry is seeing vigorous growth.
Energy and Natural Resources Fact Sheet