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.

More on Energy

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.

April 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) discussed the benefits the Dakota Access Pipeline provides for the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation and North Dakota as a whole. This discussion took place at the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy Subcommittee hearing entitled “Generating Equity: Deploying a Just and Clean Energy Future”.

April 9, 2021 In The News

Congressman Kelly Armstrong spoke with Chris Berg on Valley News Live’s Point of View about the importance of the Dakota Access Pipeline to North Dakota's economy. In addition, he covers why pipelines are safe, efficient, reliable, help reduce emissions, and bring substantial benefits to rural communities. Projects like the Dakota Access Pipeline protect the economic well being and national security of our Nation.

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.