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Underwood legislator recognized as Lignite Luminary

UNDERWOOD — Representative Jeff Delzer, R-Underwood, has been named by the Lignite Energy Council as a Lignite Luminary for his leadership on the Lignite Council’s legislative priority bills that were critical to the coal industry during the 2021 legislative session. Lignite Energy Council President and CEO Jason Bohrer called the 2021 legislative session the most important one in the history of the Lignite Energy Council.

“The legislative priority bills passed during the 2021 legislative session play a significant role in setting up the future for the lignite industry, “Bohrer said. “The bills set up the path for the future that will best position the economic health of the mines and plants which will result in helping the workforce achieve greater certainty that they can continue their careers in the lignite industry in the long run. In addition, the residents of our state will continue to benefit from the dependable electricity provided by the 800-year supply from one of our state’s most critical natural resources.

“Coal country is an important part of the state and local economies in North Dakota,” Delzer said. “Last session, my goal was to play a key leadership role in helping pass legislation that could help improve the circumstances that the coal industry faces. I am proud to fight on the behalf of the people who work at the plants and mines who go to work every day to make sure we have affordable and reliable electricity and I am truly honored to be named a Lignite Luminary.”

The Lignite Energy Council is a regional trade association representing North Dakota lignite producers, electric utilities, and approximately 200 businesses providing goods and services to the mines and plants. The lignite industry generates approximately $5.4 billion in gross business volume within the state.

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