Integrated Energy: The Road Map to Energy Independence
Bismarck, ND – June 25, 2012 – Renewables
Integrated energy, a policy championed by energy giant North Dakota in the past decade, is proving to be one of the most effective models for energy reform in the country. North Dakota, a state usually known for its large coal and oil reserves, has long anticipated the need for clean tech investments as they sought to continue expanding their economy sustainably while avoiding the market instabilities stemming from fossil fuels. As a result of the state’s integrated energy policy, North Dakota now boasts a diverse range of fuel sources that, among other things, has expanded ethanol production sevenfold and allowed them to reach 9th in wind generation rankings—in addition to its climb to #2 in oil production, behind Texas. Furthermore, Sen. John Hoeven has credited the energy policy for creating an new sector of green jobs that allowed its citizens to retain their jobs and enjoy cheaper utility rates. The programs success has led many experts to consider ND as a model for Federal legislation in the future, and it seems the best way to take advantage of the immense individual potential each state contributes to the collective whole. At a macro level, each geographical region would specialize its power generation in accordance with its specific circumstances increasing overall efficiency and reducing investor risk.