11th annual Empower North Dakota Energy Conference focuses on future

BISMARCK, N.D. - Industry, business, and state leaders are discussing the future of energy at the 11th annual Empower North Dakota Energy Conference.

New technologies to produce more energy with less environmental impact is the industry's goal.

The Allam Cycle is currently being tested in Texas and it's a new coal-fired and natural gas power plant that would reduce CO2 emissions.

Another topic of discussion is the rewriting of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

"We really need input from the industry, from policy makers, and others, to figure out what that should be, but it needs to be something that is common sense and encourages the type of technology we are talking about," said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

The conference is also covering drone innovations and how they play a part in the state's energy industry.