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N.D. to host national energy meeting

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy has chosen North Dakota as a site for a nationwide meeting to examine critical energy issues, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced Friday.

Heitkamp, D-N.D., called on Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to hold a regional meeting in North Dakota after President Obama established a Quadrennial Energy Review. The goal of the review is to help the federal government better meet its responsibility of providing affordable, clean and secure energy services to Americans.

Heitkamp said she was notified that North Dakota will be the site of a meeting that is part of the review, focusing on infrastructure constraints. A date for the meeting has not been set.

“Our state presents a unique opportunity to gain insight and gather ideas from state and local government officials, tribal leaders, energy and utility companies, research universities, and large and small businesses that are operating in our state,” Heitkamp said.

The first meeting will be held April 11 in Washington, D.C. New England, Oregon, Louisiana and Illinois also will host meetings, according to Heitkamp’s office.

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