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North Dakota Industrial Commission
Lignite Research, Development and Marketing Program
State Capitol, 14th Floor, 600 E Boulevard Ave. Dept. 405
Bismarck, ND 58505-0840
Phone: 701-328-3722 Fax: 701-328-2820
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Next Grant Round Deadline Date: April 1, 2018
Next LRC Meeting:
May 15, 2018;at 1:30 pm
Ramada Bismarck Hotel - Judicial Room
1400 E. Interchange Ave.
Bismarck ND 58505
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North Dakota's Lignite Research, Development and Marketing Program (Program) is a multi-million dollar state/industry partnership that concentrates on near term, practical research and development projects that provide the opportunity to preserve and enhance development of our state's abundant lignite resources.

The Program is funded by approximately 10 cents per ton from the North Dakota coal severance tax. With annual production at approximately 30 million tons per year, about $3 million is available each year for the Research, Development and Marketing Program.

Grants since the program's inception in 1987 have been used to:
bullet symbol Help diversify the Great Plains Synfuels Plant;
bullet symbol Improve methods for more efficient and cost-effective reclamation;
bullet symbol Find cleaner ways to burn lignite in existing boilers;
bullet symbol Identify new market opportunities; and
bullet symbol Meet new challenges from proposed environmental regulations.

Projects involve either lignite marketing feasibility studies, small research projects or demonstration projects.

Meetings and Grant Round Dates:
Grant round deadline dates will be April 1 and October 1. The Lignite Research Council meeting date (to be announced) at the Ramada Bismarck Hotel. Special dates may be established by the Industrial Commission of North Dakota.

Technical Summaries - Summaries of all projects funded under the program.

Marketing Feasibility Studies - Nonmatching marketing feasibility study funds are used to identify near-term private matching projects, to support environmental studies, and to identify new markets for lignite-derived products and byproducts.

Small Research - Small research projects are focused on environmental issues, combustion, reclamation, byproducts and beneficiation. These funds are matched by private industry investment.

Demonstration - The North Dakota Legislature appropriates funds and other forms of financial assistance for clean coal demonstration projects.

Lignite Vision 21 Program - The Lignite Vision 21 Program (LV21P) is the culmination of unprecedented commitment and cooperation among government agencies, elected leadership and the lignite industry to develop new lignite energy conversion facilities.

Rules, Regulations and Criteria
bullet symbol  Chapter 54-17
bullet symbol  Executive Order 2013-05
bullet symbol  ND Industrial Commission Goals
bullet symbol  Article 43-03
bullet symbol  Submitting a Grant Application
bullet symbol  LRC Project Eligibility Criteria Form
bullet symbol  Technical Reviewer Agreement
bullet symbol  Review Procedures
bullet symbol  Long Application Rating Form
bullet symbol  Errata Sheet
bullet symbol  Sample Contract

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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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