06/25/2012 - North Dakota's robust and diverse energy sector can provide a model for creating jobs and help reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil, officials said Monday.
Sen. John Hoeven and Gov. Jack Dalrymple were among the speakers at the Renewable Energy Action Summit in Bismarck. They, along with government and industry officials, said North Dakota's energy policy has expanded traditional and renewable energy sources, advanced technology, provided certainty for developers, spurred investment and created jobs.
"The comprehensive state energy plan that we launched a decade ago is driving an energy agenda that is more diversified than at any time in our history," Hoeven said. "In a nutshell, we need to figure out at the national level how we did it in North Dakota."
Phyllis Cuttino, director of the clean energy program at the Pew Charitable Trusts, called North Dakota "a real leader of energy of all types." She said a comprehensive national energy policy is lacking and deters investment in renewable energy.
She said a "steady, recognizable" national energy policy, like that in North Dakota, would spur investment in renewable energy.
Read the full Associated Press article, Officials: North Dakota Energy Policy is Model For Country, on CBS News' website.