Energy in the land of rough riders means fossil fuels. The boom years of the Bakken Formation may be over, but North Dakota still produces significant amounts of natural gas & crude oil—second only to Texas. It’s also sitting on the world’s largest deposit of lignite. 55% of the state’s electricity was generated by coal-fired power plants in 2022. Wind power is making a dent in these statistics (37% in 2022), but it’s tough for renewable energy providers to argue against state revenue from oil extraction & production taxes.
So you’ll have plenty to think about when you earn your energy degree or certificate from an ND school in our listings. As you would expect, the two major powerhouses are BSC’s National Energy Center of Excellence and UND’s College of Engineering & Mines (CEM). BSC has developed a large number of AAS and technician-focused programs. In contrast, CEM offers engineering degrees that draw on the expertise of faculty in the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) and the Institute for Energy Studies (IES).