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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February 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) joined Congressmen David McKinley (R-WV) and Marc Veasey (D-TX) in reintroducing the Accelerating Carbon Capture and Extending Secure Storage through 45Q (ACCESS 45Q) Act. This bipartisan legislation extends the date for projects to begin construction to claim the 45Q tax credit for carbon dioxide sequestration by ten years. It also tweaks the tax credit to make it more attractive to developers.

February 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) joined the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy Subcommittee hearing entitled, “A Smarter Investment: Pathways to a Clean Energy Future.” Congressman Armstrong talked about the need for a reliable electric grid and the need for policies to streamline energy infrastructure permitting processes.

Watch his full remarks below:

February 16, 2021 In The News

Congressman Kelly Armstrong joined Liz MacDonald on Fox Business's Evening Edit to discuss the importance of having a resilient and reliable electric grid.

February 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) offered an amendment in the House Energy and Commerce Committee during the markup of Democrats’ COVID-19 relief package. This amendment authorizes the construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

February 8, 2021 In The News

Thousands of North Dakotans rely on jobs supported by the energy industry to provide for their families. This industry is driven by people who live in Bakken cities like Watford City and Williston, coal country towns like Beulah and Washburn, and thousands of others in Bismarck, Minot, and even Fargo, just to name a few.

February 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) along with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and 83 Republicans introduced the Keystone XL Pipeline Construction and Jobs Preservation Act. This legislation authorizes the construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline and declares that a Presidential permit is not required. This legislation follows President Biden’s decision to rescind the border crossing permit.

January 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) released the following statement condemning President Biden’s one-year moratorium on energy leasing on federal lands.

January 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) joined more than 30 members of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) to strongly condemn the Biden Administration's 60-day moratorium on issuing oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters.

January 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) released the following statement on President Biden’s first executive orders, which hurt agriculture and energy producing states like North Dakota.

January 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, the House Republican Steering Committee nominated North Dakota's Congressman Kelly Armstrong to serve on the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee.