A Clean Energy Economy for North Dakota: Analysis of the Rural Economic Development Potential of Renewable Resources

Issue Paper
August 06, 2010

North Dakota has a strong and diverse economy based on agriculture, energy, minerals, and tourism. To ensure continuing economic growth and a prosperous future, North Dakota has the opportunity to build a strong long-term economy on the solid foundation of its bountiful renewable resources. A national shift toward renewable energy development would create tens of thousands of new North Dakota jobs and give a big boost to rural communities across the state. Arguably the state with the greatest clean energy potential, North Dakota is in a prime position to become a key supplier of renewable energy and the tools to produce it -- provided that national policies are enacted to put America on the path to a clean energy future.