Senator Heidi Heitkamp is announcing a piece of legislation that she says will keep coal in the electricity mix for years to come.
The bill comes in the wake of proposed EPA regulations that would limit the amount of carbon that can be burned at coal power plants.
Coal creates 80 percent of the energy produced in the state of North Dakota, and Heitkamp says the bill will add incentives for coal companies to invest in technology that would reduce the amount of carbon burned at coal power plants.
"We hope that what we will do with this bill is once again create a narrative that says if you truly believe in all of the above, then there has to be a position in energy policy for fossil based fuels including coal which is the largest, most reliable and most readily available source in America," Heitkamp said.
The bill was met with support from several North Dakota-based coal companies, Including Minnkota Power, Basin Electric and the Lignite Energy Council.