Cramer statement on DOE funding of Project Tundra


U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announcing they will provide $9.8 million for Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) work for Project Tundra and the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota (UND) to continue leading the Plains Carbon Dioxide Reduction Partnership:

“Project Tundra is among the first movers to bring nearly zero CO2 emission coal power to the grid, and I am pleased Secretary Perry and the Energy Department continue to support this effort.  Consistent with President Trump’s energy dominance agenda, projects like this demonstrate we can build a cleaner energy future without job killing regulations.”

Senator Cramer fought to include at least $30 million for FEED studies of commercial-scale carbon capture power projects in the current fiscal year appropriations bill.  He is working with the Administration to quickly and properly implement rules for the 45Q tax credit important to get Project Tundra and others off the ground.

This project is led by Minnkota Power Cooperative and UND EERC, which leads the “Plains Carbon Dioxide Reduction Partnership Initiative to Accelerate CCUS Deployment,” covering northwestern states and Canadian provinces. The partnership will identify and address onshore regional challenges facing deployment of carbon capture utilization and storage.