Duties and Studies
Develop a comprehensive statewide energy policy that supports the long-term development of the energy opportunities in the state and to engage industry stakeholders to develop a regulatory environment that allows for responsible growth while resolving conflicts and developing synergy between energy and agriculture programs. (2023 Senate Bill No. 2289 § 1) (NDCC § 54‑35‑18)
Study the impact of a comprehensive energy policy for the state and the development of each facet of the energy industry from the obtaining of the raw natural resource to the sale of the final product in this state, other states, and other countries. (NDCC § 54-35-18)
1012 § 16 Study the effect of electric vehicles in the state. As part of the study, the Legislative Management shall consider the assessment of fees to offset reductions in motor fuel tax revenues; the impact of electric vehicles on electric demand and the electrical grid; the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure by private and public entities, including potential funding sources; the impact to public services and public transportation providers; and the effect on employment opportunities and other economic impacts, including tourism, automobile dealers, the energy industry, and the critical minerals industry. The study must include input from key stakeholders, including electric vehicle manufacturers, electric vehicle dealers, electric utilities, electric vehicle charging station manufacturers, and other transportation entities.
2366 § 1 Study the accessibility of natural gas in small communities. The study must include a review of existing programs to assist small communities with gaining access to natural gas and accessibility assistance programs that may need to be extended.
3034 Study sustainable energy policies to maximize the economic viability of existing energy sources, assess future demands on electricity in the state, and determine the feasibility of advanced nuclear energy development and transmission in the state.
Receive a report from the Department of Transportation before July 1, 2024, regarding an update on the deployment and administration of electric vehicle charging stations. (2023 Senate Bill No. 2063 § 1) (NDCC § 24-02-45.4)
Receive at least one report from the State Energy Research Center during the 2023-24 interim regarding the center's study of prospective in-state resources of economically feasible accumulations of critical minerals, including rare earth elements and other high-value minerals or materials that may be suitable for extraction and enrichment. (2023 House Bill No. 1014 § 14)
Receive at least one report from the State Energy Research Center during the 2023-24 interim regarding the status and results of its salt cavern underground energy storage and research project. (2023 House Bill No. 1014 § 15)
Receive at least one report from the Energy and Environmental Research Center during the 2023-24 interim regarding the status of the center's study of future lignite electrical generation facilities. (2023 House Bill No. 1014 § 17)
Receive a report from the Agriculture Commissioner by June 1 of each even-numbered year regarding the implementation of and services provided under the postproduction royalty oversight program. (2023 Senate Bill No. 2194 § 1) (NDCC 4.1-01-26)
Receive a biennial report from the Clean Sustainable Energy Authority regarding the authority's activities and the financial impact on state revenue and the state's economy of the programs administered by the authority. (2023 Senate Bill No. 2015 § 51) (NDCC § 54‑63.1‑04)
Receive a report from the Department of Transportation before August 1, 2024, on the department's findings and recommendations on the department's study of the feasibility and impact of imposing an electronic vehicle charging tax to offset lost revenue from gas tax sales. (2023 House Bill No. 1081 § 1)
Receive an annual report from the State Energy Research Center on all research activities and accomplishments. (NDCC § 15‑11‑40)
Receive a written report from the North Dakota Transmission Authority each biennium. (NDCC § 17-05-13)
Receive a biennial report from the Energy Policy Commission and its recommendations to the state energy policy. (NDCC § 17‑07‑01)
Receive, along with the Governor, a report from the Industrial Commission in December 2014 and every 4 years thereafter discussing whether the amount in the carbon dioxide storage facility trust fund and fees being paid into the fund are sufficient to satisfy the fund's objectives. (NDCC § 38-22-15)
Receive a biennial report from the High-Level Radioactive Waste Advisory Council. (NDCC § 38-23-08)
Receive a biennial report from the North Dakota Pipeline Authority on its activities. (NDCC § 54-17.7-13)
Receive an annual report from the operator of a coal conversion facility that receives a carbon dioxide capture credit for certain coal conversion facilities regarding the facility's carbon dioxide capture project. (NDCC § 57-60-02.1)