Rep. Rob Ecklund presented Energy Champion Award

Posted July 31, 2018

(International Falls, MN) – Joel Johnson, Director of The Coalition for a Secure Energy Future (The Coalition) is announcing a series of “Energy Champion” awards to a group of bipartisan Minnesota legislators.  Recipients of the award have championed an all-of-the-above energy strategy for Minnesota to ensure that consumers and businesses have access to affordable and reliable electricity.

“The Coalition is proud to recognize the work of Representative Rob Ecklund (DFL-International Falls) who is dedicated to ensuring that hardworking Minnesota families have access to affordable and reliable electricity, “Johnson said. “We also know that supporting a diverse energy portfolio keeps costs low for businesses and allows our region to remain globally competitive. Rep. Ecklund has consistently supported an all-of-the-above approach to energy policy and we thank him for his continued efforts.”

The award was presented to Rep. Ecklund by former Representative Loren Solberg (DFL-Grand Rapids) and former Representative Mike Beard (R-Shakopee). Mr. Solberg and Mr. Beard serve as co-chairs for the Coalition for a Secure Energy Future.

The Coalition was founded in 2014 to enhance, preserve, and protect our diverse set of energy resources, including coal-based electricity, to ensure a continued affordable and reliable energy supply for families and businesses in Minnesota.  Learn more at

The Lignite Energy Council works to maintain a viable lignite coal industry and enhance development of the region’s lignite coal resources for use in generating electricity, synthetic natural gas and valuable byproducts. Members of the Lignite Energy Council include mining companies, major users that use lignite to generate electricity, synthetic natural gas and other valuable byproducts, and businesses that provide goods and services to the lignite industry.