Basin Electric Power Cooperative said May 31 that Jason Bohrer, a Congressional chief of staff, has been named president and CEO of North Dakota’s Lignite Energy Council.
Bohrer succeeds John Dwyer, who earlier this year announced his intent to retire after holding the position for 32 years. Bohrer has 15 years of experience in public policy and stakeholder relations, serving most recently as Chief of Staff to Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and as a legislative counsel to Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, on energy policy, transmission, cyber security, and regulated utilities.
Bohrer was selected following a four-month nationwide search led by the Lignite Energy Council (LEC) Board and supported by KeyStone Search, a third-party search consultant.
“Our energy industry is moving through transformative times and factors into the importance of this role. It warranted a robust and comprehensive search, which resulted in the Board being in the enviable position of having three very strong and qualified finalist candidates to select from,” said LEC Board Chair and ALLETE Chairman, President and CEO Alan Hodnik.
“Jason has an impressive resume and the Board looks forward to working with him on executing its strategy,” Hodnik said. “His family and educational ties to North Dakota coupled with his proven ability to strategically position complex regulatory and legislative issues, this while effectively building strong coalitions and personal relationships, make him the right person to lead the LEC.”
“I’m incredibly excited for the opportunity to lead the Lignite Energy Council in such a critical time in the energy industry,” Bohrer said. “Although our industry will continue to face challenges, our future remains bright thanks to the hard work of John Dwyer, the council and the thousands of dedicated employees who work in the lignite industry. We have a great partnership with the State of North Dakota and an unmatched resource which has given the region abundant and affordable power.”
“The Lignite Energy Council plays a strong leadership role in North Dakota to ensure our lignite industry remains front and center as an integral component of our state’s thriving energy future,” said incoming LEC Board Chair and Minnkota Power President and CEO Mac McLennan. “I’m confident Jason has the experience and background to successfully lead the LEC here at home and in D.C., where the real fight is taking place for the survival of coal and specifically lignite as an affordable, reliable source of power and economic engine of North Dakota and the nation.”
Members of LEC include mining companies, power generators that use lignite and businesses that provide goods and services to the lignite mining industry.