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Commission Members

Members of the EmPower Commission, and the energy industry or segment they represent, are:

Michelle Kommer - Commissioner of Commerce, Chairwoman

Gerald Bachmeier - Red Trail, ex officio

Wade Boeshans - BNI Coal, ex officio

Jason Bohrer - Lignite Energy Council, transmission

Al Christianson - Great River Energy, biomass

Stacey Dahl - Minnkota, ex officio

Ron Day - Marathon Petroleum, biodiesel/green diesel 

David Douglas - Archer Daniels Midland, agriculture

Ron Ness - North Dakota Petroleum Council, oil and gas

Dale Niezwaag - Basin Electric Power Cooperative, generation and transmission electric coops

Mark Nisbet - Xcel Energy, wind

Mike Rud - North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association, petroleum marketers

Lt. Governor Brent Sanford - Office of the Governor, ex officio

Jay Skabo - Montana Dakota Utilities, investor owned utilities

David Straley - North American Coal Corporation, lignite coal

Julie Voeck - Next Era Energy, ex officio

Danette Welsh - Oneok, refining or gas

Jeff Zueger - Midwest AgEnergy Group, ethanol


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