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The Lignite Research,
Development & Marketing Program


North Dakota's Lignite Research, Development and Marketing Program (Program) is a multi-million dollar state/industry partnership that concentrates on near term, practical R&D projects that provide the opportunity to preserve and enhance development of our state's abundant lignite resources. Over 18,000 jobs, $1.3 billion in business volume and $60 million in tax revenue are generated by the lignite industry for North Dakota each year.

The Program was initiated in 1987 and broadened by constitutional amendments approved by North Dakota voters in 1990 and 1994. The Program provides grants to:

  • Assist research & development;

  • Preserve & enhance jobs & production;

  • Ensure economic growth, stability & opportunity;

  • Maintain a stable & competitive tax base; and

  • Market coal-based electricity.


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