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Coal Mines and Power Plants Adapt to the Cold

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Like many energy industries, North Dakota's coal mines and power plants have learned to adapt to the cold. The state's unique lignite or brown coal contains a high percentage of water. And that can make things difficult when the temperature drops below zero.

"One of the issues that we deal with in the industry because of higher water content is it can freeze, which makes, when it's in piles, the piles can freeze together and freeze up. But again, that is one of the things the industry has evolved to be able to deal with," says Lignite Energy Council President Jason Bohrer.

Bohrer says despite the cold, there hasn't been a decrease in production or any reports of issues, but companies have implemented procedures to protect their workers from the cold. 

 

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