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Bismarck, ND 58505-0840
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Lignite Research Council Agenda

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
1:30 p.m. (CT) -- Ramada Bismarck Hotel-Judicial Room
1400 East Interchange Avenue (I-94 & Exit 159)- Bismarck, ND

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I.     Approval of Minutes
        A. Lignite Research Council Meeting Minutes - November 18, 2014 - Jason Bohrer

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 proposal LRC-LXXIX-A has requested confidentiality for a portion of their grant application. As much information as possible will be presented in open session, and the review of and discussion on the confidential portions of this grant application will be held in confidential session. The applicant for proposal LRC-LXXIX-D has requested confidentiality of their entire application. Prior to going into closed session, there will be an overview of LRC-LXXIX-D. The confidential material as well as any technical reviewer comments regarding the confidential material will be distributed during the confidential portion of the meeting.

IV.     Grant Round LXXIX (79) - Non-Confidential Applications - Michael L. Jones, Ph.D. and Karlene Fine

        A. LRC-LXXIX(79)-C "Annual Lignite Energy Council Education Program" Submitted by: Lignite Energy Council; Request for $100,000; Total Project Costs $210,000; Principal Investigator: Lignite Energy Council; Project Duration: 1 Year.
             1. Technical Peer Reviewers' Rating - C
             2. Technical Peer Reviewers' Comments and Applicant's Response - C
             3. Executive Director's Summary and Recommendation - C

        B. LRC-LXXIX(79)-E "Pathway to Low-Carbon Lignite Utilization" Submitted by: The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC); Request for: $1,480,000; Total Project Costs: $3,180,000; Principal Investigator: Michael Holmes; Project Duration: 12 Months.
             1. Technical Peer Reviewers' Rating - E
             2. Technical Peer Reviewers' Comments - E
             3. Technical Advisor's Summary and Recommendation - E

        C. LRC-LXXIX(79)-A "LP Amina Beneplus Commercial Demonstration Project Feasibility Study" Submitted by: LP Amina; Request for: $209,000; Total Project Costs $700,000; Principal Investigator: William R. Williams, PhD.; Project Duration: 3 Months.
             1. Technical Advisor's Summary and Recommendation - A

        D. LRC-LXXIX(79)-D "Continued Funding for Regional Lignite Energy Marketing Program" Submitted by: Lignite Energy Council; Request for: $1,800,000 ($600,000 annually); Total Project Costs $3,600,000; Principal Investigator: Lignite Energy Council; Project Duration: 3 Years. - To be distributed at the meeting.

Motion required for confidential session.

V.     Grant Round LXXIX (79) Confidential Applications - Michael L. Jones, Ph.D. and Karlene Fine

        E. LRC-LXXIX(79)-A "LP Amina Beneplus Commercial Demonstration Project Feasibility Study" Submitted by: LP Amina; Request for: $209,000; Total Project Costs $700,000; Principal Investigator: William R. Williams, PhD.; Project Duration: 3 Months. (Confidential portion of application - To be distributed at the meeting.)
             1. Technical Peer Reviewers' Rating - A - To be distributed at the meeting.
             2. Technical Peer Reviewers' Comments and Applicant's Response - A - To be distributed at the meeting.

        F. LRC-LXXIX(79)-D "Continued Funding for Regional Lignite Energy Marketing Program" Submitted by: Lignite Energy Council; Request for: $1,800,000 ($600,000 annually); Total Project Costs $3,600,000; Principal Investigator: Lignite Energy Council; Project Duration: 3 Years. - To be distributed at the meeting.
             1. Technical Peer Reviewers' Rating - D - To be distributed at the meeting.
             2. Technical Peer Reviewers' Comments and Applicant's Response - D - To be distributed at the meeting.
             3. Executive Director's Summary and Recommendation - D - To be distributed at the meeting.

VI.    Status on Enhance, Preserve and Protect North Dakota Lignite Industry Phase VI - Michael L. Jones, Ph.D.

 Motion required to return to open session.

VII.     Election of LRC Chairman, LRC Vice Chairman, and LRC Executive Committee Members for a term of service from January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2017

VIII.     2016 Calendar

IX.     Other Business

X.    Adjourn

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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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