DOE renews National Coal Council for another two years

The U.S. Department of Energy will give notice in the Nov. 27 Federal Register that the National Coal Council has been renewed for a two-year period.

The council will continue to provide advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Energy on a continuing basis regarding general policy matters relating to coal issues.

Council members are chosen to assure a well-balanced representation from all sections of the country, all segments of the coal industry, including large and small companies, and commercial and residential consumers. The council also has diverse members who represent interests outside the coal industry, including the environment, labor, research, and academia.

Membership and representation of all interests will continue to be determined in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and implementing regulations. The renewal of the Council has been deemed essential to the conduct of the department’s business and in the public interest in conjunction with the performance of duties imposed upon the Department of Energy by law.

The National Coal Council on Nov. 12 had released a new report that calls for creating a level playing field to deploy carbon capture and storage technologies (CCS) used for coal, natural gas and industrial sectors at commercial scale. The white paper offers recommendations to the DOE Secretary to create “policy parity” for CCS to achieve diverse energy policy objectives and examines the state of play for clean energy development including coal. The white paper was requested by DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz in advance of the U.N. Conference of Parties in Paris later this month.

“Coal will continue to be a major source of electricity in the United States and globally for decades to come,” said NCC Chair Jeff Wallace, retired Vice President of Fuel Services for Southern Co. (NYSE: SO). “The world needs CCS to achieve its environmental goals, and CCS offers the greatest opportunity to capture, use and store significant volumes of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels.”

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.