Lignite Coal Production doing well in ND

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(Bismarck) Valley News Live Industry officials say lignite production in North Dakota last year was the highest since 2009.
The Lignite Energy Council says the state's five large lignite mines in west-central North Dakota produced 29.1 million tons of the coal in 2017. That's up 1.4 million tons from 2016 and 1 million tons above the five-year average of 28.1 million tons.
Lignite Energy Council President Jason Bohrer says the region's strong economy and a cold snap that gripped the Upper Midwest at the end of the year spurred lignite production.
The group says North Dakota's seven lignite-based power plants serve more than 2 million families in North Dakota and surrounding states.