To get to zero by 2050, North Dakota must cut climate pollution by
3.4 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.

Emissions in North Dakota

Million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) emissions

Note: Grey area indicates missing data due to processing delays.

This is how we're going to do it.


North Dakota's climate pollution, by source
🏭 Other: 54%🔌 Power: 33%🚗 Transport: 10%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    Decarbonize Our Buildings

    🏭 Other: 54%🔌 Power: 33%🚗 Transport: 10%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    3% of North Dakota's climate pollution comes from buildings.

    We burn fossil fuels to heat our air, water, and food.

    To cut this pollution...

    Let's electrify our heat!

    We'll replace...

    ...in all of North Dakota's 568,000 buildings.

    In fact, 43% of buildings in North Dakota are already fossil fuel free!

    That means we only need to electrify the remaining 327,000 dirty buildings in North Dakota. That's around 12,000 per year.

    Percent of Buildings electrifiedA chart showing the share of Buildings that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.42.51% have been electrified, and the remaining 57.49% are fossil fuel based.Buildings ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all buildings cuts 3% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 54%🔌 Power: 33%🚗 Transport: 10%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    Decarbonize Our Transport

    🏭 Other: 54%🔌 Power: 33%🚗 Transport: 10%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    10% of North Dakota's pollution comes from cars, trucks, trains, and planes.

    But mostly from cars.

    To cut this pollution,

    your next car must be electric.

    Or consider going car-free with public transit, bikes/e-bikes, car share, or other alternatives!

    There are 216,000 vehicles in North Dakota and 220 are already electric (0.1% of the total).

    We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 215,000 gas-powered vehicles. That's around 8,000 a year.

    Percent of Vehicles electrifiedA chart showing the share of Vehicles that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.0.1% have been electrified, and the remaining 99.9% are fossil fuel based.Vehicles ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all transportation cuts 10% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 54%🔌 Power: 33%🚗 Transport: 10%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    Decarbonize Our Power

    🏭 Other: 54%🔌 Power: 33%🚗 Transport: 10%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    33% of North Dakota's pollution comes from burning coal, gas, and oil to make power.

    Dirty power plant

    To cut this pollution...

    Put solar panels on your roof!

    Then, we'll replace all fossil fuel power plants with solar and wind farms.

    We need to replace dirty power plants with clean ones (mostly wind and solar)

    ...and find good jobs for those workers.

    Current Fossil Fuel Power Plants in North Dakota

    7 coal plants

    Name: Coal Creek
County: McLean
Megawatt Capacity: 1,218
Utility: Great River Energy

    Coal Creek
    McLean County
    1,218 MW

    Name: Antelope Valley
County: Mercer
Megawatt Capacity: 954
Utility: Basin Electric Power Coop

    Antelope Valley
    Mercer County
    954 MW

    Name: Milton R Young
County: Oliver
Megawatt Capacity: 734
Utility: Minnkota Power Coop, Inc

    Milton R Young
    Oliver County
    734 MW

    Name: Leland Olds
County: Mercer
Megawatt Capacity: 656
Utility: Basin Electric Power Coop

    Leland Olds
    Mercer County
    656 MW

    Name: Coyote
County: Mercer
Megawatt Capacity: 450
Utility: Otter Tail Power Co

    Coyote
    Mercer County
    450 MW

    Name: R M Heskett
County: Morton
Megawatt Capacity: 291
Utility: Montana-Dakota Utilities Co

    R M Heskett
    Morton County
    291 MW

    Name: Spiritwood Station
County: Stutsman
Megawatt Capacity: 106
Utility: Great River Energy

    Spiritwood Station
    Stutsman County
    106 MW

    2 gas plants

    Name: Lonesome Creek Station
County: McKenzie
Megawatt Capacity: 303
Utility: Basin Electric Power Coop

    Lonesome Creek Station
    McKenzie County
    303 MW

    Name: Pioneer Generating Station
County: Williams
Megawatt Capacity: 293
Utility: Basin Electric Power Coop

    Pioneer Generating Station
    Williams County
    293 MW

    5 oil plants

    Name: Jamestown
County: Stutsman
Megawatt Capacity: 48
Utility: Otter Tail Power Co

    Jamestown
    Stutsman County
    48 MW

    Name: Hillsboro
County: Traill
Megawatt Capacity: 4
Utility: City of Hillsboro - (ND)

    Hillsboro
    Traill County
    4 MW

    Name: Kindred School
County: Cass
Megawatt Capacity: 2
Utility: Kindred Public School

    Kindred School
    Cass County
    2 MW

    Name: Portable Generator 2
County: Williams
Megawatt Capacity: 2
Utility: Montana-Dakota Utilities Co

    Portable Generator 2
    Williams County
    2 MW

    Name: Portable Generator 3
County: Williams
Megawatt Capacity: 2
Utility: Montana-Dakota Utilities Co

    Portable Generator 3
    Williams County
    2 MW

    But wait!

    It's not enough to replace our power plants with wind and solar farms.

    To power our electric cars and buildings, we need two times the electricity we have today.

    In all, we'll need to build 2,000 Megawatts of wind power and 2,000 Megawatts of solar power.

    Since North Dakota already has 2,000 Megawatts of wind and 0 Megawatts of solar, that's 2,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 2,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 11 Megawatts of wind power and 78 Megawatts of solar power a year.

    Percent of needed targetGeneration builtA chart showing the share of Solar and Wind capacity that has already been installed and rest to be installed. We are 42% of the way to what we need to be carbon neutral by 2050.MWs of targetGeneration Built

    Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 33% of the pollution.

    And gives us zero-emissions power we need to eliminate pollution from buildings and cars!

    🏭 Other: 54%🔌 Power: 33%🚗 Transport: 10%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    Other Emissions

    🏭 Other: 54%🔌 Power: 33%🚗 Transport: 10%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    The last 54% of North Dakota's climate pollution comes from other sources...

    This includes farming, landfills, industry, and leaks from gas pipelines.

    There's no one solution to solve these problems, but there are lots of great ideas:

    • No-till farming to keep CO2 in the soil
    • Capturing methane leaks from landfills
    • Capturing CO2 to make emissions-free concrete
    • Burning green hydrogen to make emissions-free steel
    • Plugging methane leaks from gas pipelines

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