N.D. governor appoints Christianson to energy councils

A recent appointment means that Great River Energy will have a seat at the table at two of North Dakota’s most influential energy councils.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum recently appointed Great River Energy Director of Business Development and Governmental Affairs Al Christianson to the EmPower North Dakota Commission and re-appointed him to the Renewable Energy Council.

“This is important as we can help influence future North Dakota energy policy and projects that have a positive impact not only for the state, but also Great River Energy,” Christianson said.

Both groups play a significant role in the energy industry in North Dakota. The Renewable Energy Council, which is part of the North Dakota Industrial Commission, aids in the growth of North Dakota’s renewable energy industries though research, development, marketing and education.

The EmPower North Dakota Commission develops policies for the state’s diverse and growing energy industry. Through EmPower, Christianson will have a role in developing future energy policy and ensuring the diverse energy industry players can come together for the good of the industry.

In his letter to Christianson, Burgum noted, “the appointment of the commission is important not only for the board’s work, but also for North Dakota and its citizens.”