About Us

The Coalition for a Secure Energy Future is an organization that has been officially established to get the message out to businesses, policymakers, and residents in the Upper Midwest that retaining an all-of-the-above energy mix that includes coal as a regional energy resource will help keep electric rates low, jobs plentiful, and the economy robust.

The Coalition is a project of the Lignite Energy Council.

Coalition for a Secure Energy Future – Director

Joel Johnson

Joel Johnson

Joel Johnson, formerly with the Minnesota Rural Electric Association, is an independent contractor who recently agreed to serve as the Minnesota director for the Coalition for a Secure Energy Future. His experience in energy and with Minnesota Legislature provide the necessary background required to be a voice for coal-based electricity in Minnesota.

Co-Chairmen

Mike Beard

Mike Beard — Former Minnesota State Representative (R-Shakopee)

Loren Solberg -  Former Minnesota State Representative (DFL-Grand Rapids)

Loren Solberg - Former Minnesota State Representative (DFL-Grand Rapids)

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