North Dakota Budget Proposal Includes $5M for Renewable Energy Support

As reported in INFORUM, Governor Jack Dalrymple’s recommendations for North Dakota’s 2013-2015 budget call for setting aside portions of the Resource Trust Fund projected to total $2.74 million for renewable energy and $2.74 million for energy efficiency upgrades to public buildings.  If approved by lawmakers, the funds would be the first to be earmarked for renewable energy or energy conservation for the Resource Trust Fund.  Similarly, the state’s EmPower North Dakota Commission has a proposal to set aside up to $3 million per biennium for renewable energy development.