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Energy Secretary to visit North Dakota coal mine, power plant next week

Rick Perry

BISMARCK — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will visit North Dakota next week to tour a coal mine and an adjacent power plant, Republican members of the state's congressional delegation said Thursday, Aug. 9.

Perry, a former Texas governor who was tapped to lead the Department of Energy last year, will tour North American Coal's Falkirk Mine near Underwood, N.D., on Aug. 13 before examining Great River Energy's Coal Creek Station next door. Coal Creek is the largest power plant in the state.

North Dakota ranked ninth in coal production in 2016, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Perry will join a roundtable discussion with "local energy leaders" Monday afternoon in Bismarck, according to a news release. He's being accompanied during the trip by Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer, both Republicans.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for Secretary Perry to learn more about the innovative work that the Department of Energy is supporting in our state and how we can further advance our nation's energy security," Hoeven said in a statement.

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