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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
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Next Grant Round Deadline Date: October 1, 2022

Next LRC Meeting:

November 17, 2022; at 1:30 pm (CT)

Location - To Be Determined

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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 from several sources including the coal severance tax, coal conversion tax, and oil and gas tax revenues with approximately $7.5 million 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 - Funding for projects that are taking the next step from research and are on the pathway to performing demonstration projects.

Advanced Energy Technology Program - Funding for projects that are developing large scale demonstrations that show the potential to lead to near-term application in North Dakota with a focus on technologies that will sustain or grow the lignite industry. Priority will be given to projects that are on the path toward demonstrations on a scale of at least 25 MWe or equivalent.

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 - Under Revision

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Mailing Address:
Karen Tyler
Industrial Commission
State Capitol 14th Floor
600 E. Boulevard Ave. Dept. 405
Bismarck, ND 58505-0840
Phone: (701)328-3726
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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