State-funded coal marketing programs

From Global Energy Monitor


The Illinois budget describes the work of the Office of Coal Development and Marketing (part of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity) as follows:

Coal Development and Marketing DCEO's Office of Coal Development and Marketing works to preserve and strengthen Illinois coal production and coal-related industries by providing technical and financial support programs for coal infrastructure, education, research and development, and commercial-scale demonstration of promising clean coal technologies. Programs help encourage the use of Illinois coal in an environmentally-friendly manner and educate consumers about the importance of coal in both the Illinois economy and in supplying the nation's energy needs.[1]

Funding was as follows:[2]

  • FY 2007 actual: $23,856,100
  • FY 2008 enacted: $23,856,100
  • FY 2009 budgeted: $24,356,100

North Dakota

The state of North Dakota funds coal marketing programs through the Industrial Commission. According to Industrial Commission policy, 21 percent of lignite research fund income will be used for "lignite marketing."

In the 2007-2009 budget, revenues for the lignite research fund were $11,925,000. This total came from a two-cent coal severance tax ($1,200,000); fifty percent of coal severance taxes deposited in the coal development trust fund ($3,375,000 - a result of passage of measure No. 3 in June 1990); twenty percent of coal severance taxes deposited in the coal development trust fund, committed to clean coal projects as a result of passage of a constitutional amendment in passed by voters in June 1994 ($1,350,000); investment income on Dakota Gasification Company ammonia plant and Red Trail ($2,000,000); and Three and one-half percent of the general fund share of coal conversion tax, as required by 2007 HB 1093 ($1,750,000); revenue bonds/short-term loan ($2,050,000); and interest income ($200,000).[3]

In its 2005-2007 budget, North Dakota appropriated $1,594,300 for lignite marketing. In 2007-2009 the amount recommended remained the same. The 2007-2009 budget also included a $500,000 line item for "lignite litigation," defined as "litigation brought by the state to protect and promote the continued development of lignite resources."[4]

Other States

The following states do not appear to fund any coal marketing programs:

  • Arizona
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming



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