In an editorial in yesterday's Sioux Falls Argus Leader, SD Senator John Thune (R) announced that he is part of a "Gang of Ten" (5 each Republicans and Democrats) who are trying to craft an energy policy proposal to break the congressional gridlock.
Although I am having trouble getting the link to his piece, I can tell you that he mentioned wind power (big potential on the Northern Plains!), new generation biofuels (beyond corn-based ethanol), and expanded oil drilling as elements of the plan.
I will post more when I can get some details... including who is in the gang! His editorial said they were meeting secretly and did not give up any names.