Welcome to BNI

BNI Coal, LTD a subsidiary of BNI Energy Inc., is developing North Dakota's abundant lignite energy resource. At its Center Mine, BNI mines and reclaims about 200 acres a year to supply lignite coal to fuel the nearby Milton R. Young Generation Station. Two electric generating cooperatives, Minnkota Power and Square Butte, operate the Young Station, which consumes virtually all of the coal produced at Center Mine under agreements in place through 2037. The Young Station generates low cost, reliable, domestic energy for customers in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Expertise in Operations and Development

The BNI team includes skilled and experienced operators and professionals with expertise in mine operations, logistics, permitting, project management and development. In May 2014, BNI secured approval to add more than 8,000 acres to its permit at the Center Mine as part of a major expansion and recapitalization of its mine operations. BNI now has about 18,000 acres under permit.

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Solid Growth Platform

Long-term coal supply agreements, reserves of 600 million tons and a solid track record as a low-cost producer of lignite coal ensure that BNI is positioned for future growth. The company employs efficient, safe and environmentally sound mining methodologies and has developed strong relationships with landowners through exceptional environmental and land stewardship. Strategically located in an energy-rich area, BNI is able to leverage parent company ALLETE’s strong financials as the company evaluates opportunities in coal and tangential industries and services.

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Mission and Values


BNI has earned a reputation for industry leadership in delivering exceptional customer value. This reputation is supported by the values that we live every day.

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