VIDEO: Coalition for a Secure Energy Future Launches

Posted September 24, 2014

Welcome to the Coalition for a Secure Energy Future. The coalition is made up of a wide range of businesses, manufacturers, and citizens committed to enhancing, preserving, and protecting America’s diverse set of energy resources, including coal. Our goal is to ensure our region and our nation has continued access to an affordable, reliable set of energy solutions, now and in the future.

Our members strongly support an all-of-the-above energy strategy that harnesses our natural resources to power communities and cities across the region.

It should raise eyebrows that some now want to remove coal-based electricity from the energy equation, as countless families across our region have come to rely on this abundant, affordable energy source.

Without the production, diversification, and use of lignite coal in our region, industries and jobs would suffer, and the cost of electricity would rise. A recent IHS report found, “The current diversified portfolio of US power supply lowers the cost of generating electricity by more than $93 billion per year, and halves the potential variability of monthly power bills, compared to a less diverse supply.”

Coal-based generating stations supply low-cost, reliable electricity to about 40 percent of the nation. Regionally, coal is the energy source for about 46 percent of the electricity used in Minnesota and 79 percent of the electricity used in North Dakota. Without lignite coal in the mix, our region would bear the brunt of increased costs. This would be particularly burdensome for families and the poor, who spend a disproportionate amount of their income on energy.

The proposed federal regulations that aim to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will drastically cut back the production of coal and potentially close down many power plants across the country. These regulations would not only harm the coal industry and citizens who rely on coal-based electricity, but they would also harm the United States economy. Further, the forthcoming federal ozone regulations could lead to millions of lost jobs and $2.2 trillion in compliance costs, according to a study by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), which estimates that the proposed rules would be the costliest federal regulation in our nation’s history. For these reasons and more, it is crucial to join together now to support keeping coal a part of our region’s energy supply.

We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about this issue. We also urge you to contact your lawmaker to express your support for an all-of-the-above energy policy that includes coal. Please also take a moment and subscribe to our email list to receive further information and to learn additional ways to get involved.