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The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), a worldwide leader in the development of solutions to energy and environmental challenges, today is hosting a partnership summit “Energizing North Dakota’s Future: Realizing the Vision,” designed to focus on the steps toward charting a positive course for the future of the energy industry in North Dakota.

“I believe that the energy industry in the state is at a crossroads,” said EERC CEO Tom Erickson. “We are at once faced with some of the biggest challenges and greatest opportunities in North Dakota history. This is an opportunity to stand with our partners in the industry to face the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities together, in order to collaboratively develop the technologies and strategies to ensure a bright future for our state.”

The summit brings together experts from all energy sectors, along with legislators and state officials to discuss an action plan for the upcoming year. The agenda includes keynote speaker Charles “Chuck” McConnell, Executive Director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy.
Two panels highlighting key challenges and opportunities facing the energy industry feature the following presenters: Jason Bohrer, President, Lignite Energy Council; Ron Ness, President, North Dakota Petroleum Council; Scott Stone, Counsel, Hunton & Williams LLP; Scott Wehner, Chief Science Officer, Denbury Resources, Inc.; Robert “Mac” McLennan, President and CEO, Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc.; and Kathy Neset, President, Neset Consulting Service.

Erickson concluded, “The reality of North Dakota’s energy picture is that it will take the cooperation and teaming of all industry, government, and public sectors to sustain our strength and expand our growth. Coal, oil and gas, and renewables must all play a role in a secure and balanced energy strategy.”

The event concludes with partnership networking events in the afternoon and evening.