Boundless energy

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven is latest recipient of the EERC’s Energy Champion Award

Left to right: Lignite Energy Council President and CEO Jason Bohrer, North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness, EERC Vice President for Strategic Partnerships John Harju, Senator Hoeven, UND President Mark Kennedy, and EERC CEO Tom Erickson. Photo by Kari Suedel.

Left to right: Lignite Energy Council President and CEO Jason Bohrer, North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness, EERC Vice President for Strategic Partnerships John Harju, Senator Hoeven, UND President Mark Kennedy, and EERC CEO Tom Erickson. Photo by Kari Suedel.

The boundless energy of Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., is well known, from the halls of Congress to Main Street North Dakota.

Now Hoeven is being recognized with a prestigious honor from the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) for what he’s done to energize energy research in North Dakota – the EERC’s Energy Champion Award.

A presentation and a reception were held at the EERC on Monday (Aug. 21).

Hoeven’s leadership, vision and commitment to the state of North Dakota and to its energy industry throughout his career have kept North Dakota at the forefront of energy development nationwide, according to EERC leaders. He was instrumental in the state being granted regulatory authority over carbon dioxide wells, known as Class VI wells, which will help advance carbon capture and sequestration technology.

“Sen. Hoeven has been a true champion of energy development in North Dakota,” said Tom Erickson, EERC CEO. “This award is in recognition for his tireless dedication at the state and national level for advancing all forms of energy.”

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, EERC CEO Tom Erickson

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., (left) receives the EERC’s Energy Champion Award from EERC CEO Tom Erickson at a ceremony Monday, Aug. 21., at the EERC headquarters on the UND campus. Erickson said the award is in recognition for Hoeven’s “tireless dedication at the state and national level for advancing all forms of energy.” Photo by Kari Suedel.

“Through its work to help produce more energy with greater efficiency, the EERC is helping to advance the long-term energy security of our nation,” Hoeven said. “The EERC continues to develop important initiatives like carbon capture and storage technology which will help North Dakota’s energy industry produce affordable, reliable energy for many years to come. I am grateful to work with the EERC to support energy development in North Dakota and throughout our nation, and I am honored to receive this award.”

The Energy Champion Award was created in 1986 to honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary personal commitment to energy and environmental research and development.

Hoeven is the 10th recipient of the award. He joins three other U.S. Senators and a former UND president on that list. The past recipients are Michael Jones, former Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.; Thomas Bechtel; Everett Sondreal; the late UND President Emeritus Thomas Clifford; former Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D.;  John McFarlane; Conrad Aas and former Sen. Mark Andrews, R-N.D.

The EERC contributed to this report. Photos by the EERC’s Kari Suedel.

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