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Bismarck, ND 58505-0840
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Lignite Research Council Agenda

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
1:30 p.m. (CDT) -- Doublewood Inn (Judicial Room)
1400 East Interchange Avenue (I-94 & Exit 159)- Bismarck, North Dakota

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I.     Approval of Minutes: Lignite Research Council Meeting Minutes - May 17, 2012 - John Dwyer

II.    Program Financial Summary - Karlene Fine and Michael L. Jones, Ph.D.

III.   Lignite, Research Development and Marketing Program Updates - Michael L. Jones, Ph.D.

   NOTE: The applicant for grant application LRC-LXXIV-C has requested confidentiality for this grant application. The review of and discussion about LRC-LXXIV-C will be held in confidential session. The grant application as well as any technical reviewer comments regarding it will be distributed during the confidential session.

IV.     Grant Round LXXIV (74) - Applications - Michael L. Jones, Ph.D.
        A. LRC-LXXIV(74)-A "Optimization Tools to Manage Coal Properties and Plant Operations" Submitted by: Microbeam Technologies; Project Manager: Steven A. Benson, Ph.D.; Request for $299,972; Total Project Costs $699,972; Project Duration: Two Years
             1. Technical Peer Reviewers' Rating - A
             2. Technical Peer Reviewers' Comments - A
             3. Technical Advisor's Summary and Recommendation - A

        B. LRC-LXXIV(74)-B "Annual Lignite Energy Council Education Seminar: Economics and Environment" Submitted by: Lignite Energy Council; Principal Investigator: Renee Walz; Request for: $160,000 ($80,000 annually for each of two years); Total Project Costs: $320,000 for two years; Project Duration: Two Years
             1. Technical Peer Reviewers' Rating - B
             2. Technical Peer Reviewers' Comments - B
             3. Executive Director's Summary and Recommendation - B

   NOTE: Prior to going into the closed confidential session, there will be an overview of grant application LRC-LXXIV-C.
(Motion required to go into confidential session.)

        C. LRC-LXXIV(74)-C "Enhance, Preserve and Protect the North Dakota Lignite Industry - Phase VII - Research & Development, Environmental and Transmission Planning Services (Jan.1, 2013 - Dec. 31, 2015)" Submitted by: Lignite Energy Council; Technical Representative and Project Manager: Michael Jones, Ph.D.; Project Team Leader for Environmental Issues and ND Transmission Authority: Sandi Tabor; Policy Advisor to the Project: John W. Dwyer; Request for: $4,772,250 (nonmatching funds from Lignite Research, Development and Marketing Program); Project Duration: Three Years
             1. Technical Peer Reviewers' Rating - C
             2. Technical Peer Reviewers' Comments - C
             3. Executive Director's Summary and Recommendation - C

     Open Session - (Motion required to end the confidential session and return to open session.)

V.     Nominating Committee Report re: Election of LRC Chairman, LRC Vice Chairman and LRC Executive Committee Members - Report to be presented at the meeting by: Nominating Committee Chairman, Senator Layton Freborg. (Term of service for LRC Chairman, LRC Vice Chairman and LRC Executive Committee: Jan. 1, 2013 - Dec. 31, 2014)

VI.     2013 Calendar (as of 11-13-12)
        A. Grant Application Dates for 2013: April 1 and October 1
        B. Next Lignite Research Council Meeting: May 21, 2013

VII.    Other Business

VIII.    Adjourn

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Mailing Address:
Karlene Fine
Industrial Commission
State Capitol 14th Floor
600 E. Boulevard Ave. Dept. 405
Bismarck, ND 58505-0840
Phone: (701)328-3722
Fax: (701)328-2820
E-mail: ndicinfo@nd.gov
Jason Bohrer
Lignite Energy Council
1016 E. Owens
PO Box 2277
Bismarck, ND 58502-2277
Phone: (701)258-7117
Fax: (701)258-2755
E-mail: jasonbohrer@lignite.com

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