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How coal production affects the people of North Dakota:

Basin Electric Power Cooperative Linemen work on a high-voltage transmission line from a bucket truck. A power plant operator monitors equipment.
  
 
Energy Students
Energy Students: Students at Bismarck State College learn how to operate technical equipment for a career in Power Plant Operations.

Photo courtesy of Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence
  • North Dakota lignite provides low-cost electricity to people in every part of the state.
    • Because of North Dakota lignite, electric rates in North Dakota are competitive and among the lowest in the United States.
  • The North Dakota coal industry provides jobs and high wages (pay).
    • Approximately 16,000 people have jobs in or related to the lignite industry in North Dakota.
    • People in the lignite industry earn some of the highest wages in the state.
  • Over the past 40 years, the state of North Dakota has received more than one billion dollars ($1,000,000,000) in tax money from the lignite industry.
  • Opportunities continue to be available for young people to choose careers in the lignite industry, including heavy equipment operators, mechanics, electricians, engineers, accountants, and many others.