The U.S. Surface Transportation Board said in a Sept. 23 notice that it intends to renew the charter of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee (RETAC).
RETAC was established by the board in 2007 to provide advice and guidance to the board, on a continuing basis, and to provide a forum for the discussion of emerging issues and concerns regarding the transportation by rail of energy resources, including, but not necessarily limited to, coal and biofuels (such as ethanol), and petroleum. RETAC functions solely as an advisory body.
RETAC has up to 25 voting members, excluding the governmental representatives. The membership comprises a balanced representation of individuals experienced in issues affecting the transportation of energy resources, including no fewer than: five representatives from the Class I railroads; three from Class II and III railroads; three from coal producers; five from electric utilities (including at least one rural electric cooperative and one state- or municipally-owned utility); four from biofuel feedstock growers or providers, and biofuel refiners, processors, and distributors; two from private car owners, car lessors, or car manufacturers; and one from the petroleum shipping industry.
The committee may also include up to two members with relevant experience but not necessarily affiliated with one of the aforementioned industries or sectors. STB board members are ex officio (non-voting) members of RETAC. Representatives from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, and Transportation; and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may be invited to serve on the committee in an advisory capacity as ex officio (non-voting) members. RETAC meets at least twice a year, and meetings are open to the public.