University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

FERC Commissioner Tony Clark to deliver keynote at Air Quality Conference Oct. 21-23

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) has announced that Commissioner Tony Clark, of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), will deliver a keynote address on Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Storage and Energy Generation during the EERC’s upcoming Air Quality IX Conference.

The Air Quality IX Conference will be held October 21–23, 2013, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Air Quality IX is the nation’s premier international conference on environmental topics associated with energy production.

Clark is serving his first term on the Commission, nominated by President Obama and sworn in on June 15, 2012. A North Dakota native, Commissioner Clark formerly served as a member of the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC), most recently as Chairman of the Commission. He was first elected to the PSC in 2000.

While at the North Dakota PSC, Commissioner Clark held the PSC portfolio on electric generation and transmission and was active in state and regional efforts to develop North Dakota’s vast energy-exporting potential and to provide affordable, reliable energy to consumers. In his 12 years at the Commission, he oversaw regulatory proceedings that permitted more than $5.5 billion in new investment in North Dakota through expanded wind, coal, and oil and gas infrastructure. At the same time, North Dakota maintained its position as one of the lowest-cost energy states in the nation and continued its tradition of excellence in environmental protection.

“Commissioner Clark’s expertise overseeing regulations for the nation’s electricity and natural gas sectors is a perfect fit for this event,” said Gerald Groenewold, EERC Director. “With a myriad of new regulations affecting domestic energy producers, Clark will provide this audience with critical information on domestic energy markets that influence key business decisions and new technology development,” he said.

Prior to his election to the PSC, Commissioner Clark was North Dakota’s Labor Commissioner, serving in the cabinet of former Governor Ed Schafer. He is a former state legislator, representing Fargo in the state House of Representatives from 1994 to 1997. Commissioner Clark is a graduate, with honors, from North Dakota State University and holds an M.P.A. from the University of North Dakota.

Air Quality IX is sponsored by the EERC, the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory, and the Electric Power Research Institute, along with Collaborating Sponsor Calgon Carbon Corporation and Partnering Sponsors, FMC Corporation, Great Lakes Solutions (a Chemtura business), ADA-Carbon Solutions, Midwest Energy Emissions Corp, and the North Dakota Lignite Energy Council.

There is still time to register for the conference. Visit to access the online registration form and to find out more information about the technical program and exhibit opportunities.