North Dakota’s Lignite Energy Council to meet April 20-21

4/18/16 (Mon)

The theme for the Lignite Energy Council’s 43rd Annual Meeting to be held at the Bismarck Events Center, Bismarck, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 20 and 21, 2016, is “Coal Keeps US Strong.” The media is invited to any or all of the general session events on April 20 and 21, 2016.

“While the Supreme Court has issued a stay of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan in February, this is not the time to sit on your hands,” said Jason Bohrer, president and CEO of the Lignite Energy Council. “This meeting focuses on the benefits of reliable and affordable power from lignite and how we as an industry are working as one with government agencies and policymakers to ensure our ample reserves of lignite remain a low cost fuel for the future.”

Bohrer will provide an update about the activities of the Lignite Eenergy Council on Wednesday afternoon. His presentation will be followed by a CEO panel discussion regarding the Clean Power Plan. As companies work to comply with state and federal regulations, utilities and mining companies find it harder to serve their customers. The CEO panel will feature Mac McLennan with Minnkota Power Cooperative, Paul Sukut with Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Wade Boeshans with BNI Energy.

On the morning of April 21, the agenda includes a CoalPAC breakfast at 8 a.m. Kylie Oversen with the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party and Kelly Armstrong with the North Dakota Republican Party will both speak about why candidates in their political parties deserve the support of Lignite Energy Council members.

Two more panel discussions will be held on Thursday. The first will focus on how North Dakota and neighboring states are taking different approaches to the Clean Power Plan.  Representatives of state health agencies in Minnesota, Wyoming and North Dakota are participating. The second panel will focus on technology to capture carbon dioxide from coal-based power plants and how CO2 can help the oil and gas industry.

A luncheon beginning at noon on Thursday will feature North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem as the keynote speaker.