Lignite Energy Council and partners announce release of coal movie

Film will be broadcast on digital channels and

This week, the Lignite Energy Council and Coalition for a Secure Energy Future are releasing the feature-length documentary, Coal: Powering the Past, Present, and Future.  The film will be released Friday, May 1, 2020, at 7 p.m. online at

“We commissioned this project about a year ago and conducted more than 40 interviews, compiled 44 hours of footage and condensed it down to a 30-minute look at the lignite industry in our region,” said Lignite Energy Council President Jason Bohrer. 

Bohrer added, “The goal of the film was to create an opportunity for workers in our industry to tell their stories straight to the people who rely on their efforts to create affordable and reliable electricity.”

In addition to hearing from industry workers, the LEC interviewed several elected officials including Sen. John Hoeven, Gov. Doug Burgum, Public Service Commissioners, (Randy Christmann, Julie Fedorchak, and Brian Kroshus), as well as state and local elected officials.

The film will stream live on Facebook, YouTube, and the film website  Viewers can tune in at 7:00 PM or watch on-demand anytime following the premiere.