North Dakota’s energy economy, along with agriculture, forms the backbone of our state’s economy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, North Dakota is the number two state for crude oil production and possesses the “single largest deposit of lignite [coal] in the world.”

The industry supports tens of thousands of jobs both directly in the extraction and production of raw energy materials – oil and coal – and in the ancillary jobs that supply the needs of the businesses and workers.

Renewable energy is also a large part of North Dakota’s energy economy. With our near constant wind, we are the number five producer of wind energy and wind-powered electricity is the second largest electricity source after coal. The Garrison Dam on the Missouri River is our state’s only hydro-electric plant, and it produces roughly 5 percent of our electricity needs. The state also produces 490 million gallons of ethanol per year and 85 million gallons of biodiesel, both in the top ten among the states.

Harnessing North Dakota’s abundant natural resources has led to widespread prosperity through good-paying jobs, low unemployment and rising wages.

Congressman Armstrong is an advocate for all of North Dakota’s energy producers in Congress. He’s fighting for pro-growth policies that will help North Dakota’s energy economy continue to prosper for years to come. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, he serves on the Energy subcommittee where he can advance North Dakota's energy priorities.

Please click here for more information about North Dakota's energy industry from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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July 7, 2021 In The News

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) joined The Evening Edit with Elizabeth MacDonald on Fox Business to stress the importance of having policies that help North Dakota safely transport our products to market and do what we do best, which is feed and fuel the world.

Watch the full interview below.

June 30, 2021 Press Release

Underwood, ND – Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) released the following statement on Rainbow Energy Center, LLC’s (Rainbow Energy Center) announcement that they have reached an agreement to purchase and operate Coal Creek Station near Underwood, North Dakota.

June 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) voted against duplicative methane emissions regulations that disadvantage North Dakota energy workers. S.J. 14 would use the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Review rule published by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump administration. Repeal would reinstate Obama era regulations and stifle innovation taking place at the state level.

June 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) joined Congressman John Curtis (R-UT) and more than 50 members of Congress to launch the new Conservative Climate Caucus. The Caucus will focus on sharing conservative climate solutions that align with Republican principles and are based on an agenda that will make real progress through American innovation and ultimately enhance American prosperity.

June 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) released the following statement after TC Energy announced they are terminating the Keystone XL Pipeline.


June 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) and Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX) introduced the Revive Economic Growth and Reclaim Orphaned Wells (REGROW) Act of 2021, a bipartisan bill to clean up orphaned oil and gas wells and provide thousands of jobs in the oil and gas industry.

May 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON –  Today, Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) joined a bipartisan coalition with Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) to introduce the CATCH Act, which will boost carbon capture tax credits for industrial facilities and power plants, spurring additional innovation in carbon capture technologies.

May 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) released the following statement on U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg’s decision that the Dakota Access Pipeline can continue operating while a new environmental review takes place.

April 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) issued the following statement after President Biden pledged the United States to a new sweeping and unattainable Paris Agreement commitment that will destroy thousands of energy jobs and devastate American workers.

April 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON –  Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) released the following statement on Democrats’ plan to reintroduce the Green New Deal.

“The Green New Deal would be devastating to North Dakota and those who rely on the energy industry to feed their families. The Green New Deal is an effort to take control of the entire economy, destroy millions of jobs, and put the government at the center of more Americans’ lives. Some estimates put the cost of implementing the plan at $93 trillion, costing every American household up to $65,000 per year.