In 2007 the Renewable Energy Fund was established by the Legislature. In 2013 the Legislature authorized $3,000,000 of funding be made available each biennium to the Renewable Energy Fund from the Resources Trust Fund.

The Legislature further provided that the Commission shall contract with the Department of Commerce to provide technical assistance to the Renewable Energy Council and the Industrial Commission to carry out the law, including pursuit of aid, grants, or contributions of money and other things of value from any source for any purpose consistent with the law.

The mission of the Renewable Energy Council is to promote the growth of North Dakota's renewable energy industries through research, development, marketing, and education.