Basin Electric to sponsor teachers to attend 2024 Lignite Energy Council teacher seminar

The Lignite Energy Council (LEC) is conducting the 2024 teacher seminar, “Energy, Economics and Environment,” at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota, June 10-13. Basin Electric will pay for travel costs for teachers from South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, and Iowa, and LEC will cover the rest.

Basin Electric encourages member co-ops and statewide organizations to communicate this seminar to area teachers. “It's a great opportunity for educators to take a deep dive into the lignite coal-powered sector of the energy industry," said Erin Laverdure, Basin Electric project coordination representative. "We would like to get as many educators involved as possible."

The seminar will provide teachers with the information and educational materials they need to teach their students about how lignite is mined and used to produce electricity for homes, farms, and businesses in the Upper Midwest. In addition, the seminar covers lignite’s economic impact on the region, as well as important environmental issues affecting the lignite industry.

Two graduate professional development credits are available through the Center for Economic Education at the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, or Minot State University.

Teachers can apply online:

Applications will be accepted until the seminar is full.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. While LEC encourages all educators and administrative staff to apply and attend, preference is given to the following criteria:

  • 4th-12th grade teachers
  • Science, math, or social studies teachers
  • Career counselors
  • Principals and vice principals

Teachers must track their mileage and individual meal expenses (up to two each way) from home to the seminar and back. Receipts for meals are required. Packets with travel expense reimbursement forms will be given to the teachers at the seminar. Reimbursement forms are due July 5.

Retha Mattern at the Lignite Energy Council can answer questions related to the teacher seminar: or 800-932-7117.

Erin Laverdure can answer questions regarding Basin Electric’s sponsorship of teachers from SD, MN, MT, WY, and IA: or 701-557-5625.

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