Peabody’s Fred Palmer takes coal advocacy job at Total Spectrum

Steve Gordon, Managing Partner of Total Spectrum/Steve Gordon and Associates, announced Jan. 19 former Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) executive Fred Palmer as the newest partner of this rapidly expanding public affairs firm.

Palmer will divide his time between Washington, D.C. and Phoenix, Arizona. Palmer has worked in coal, public policy and advocacy. He served as Peabody Energy’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations – which included service on the company’s Executive Leadership Team—from 2001 through 2014. Most recently, he served as the Special Advisor to the Office of Peabody’s Executive Chairman. Peabody is the nation’s largest coal producer.

Prior to joining Peabody Energy, Palmer served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Western Fuels Association. He was WFA’s representative on the Board of Directors of the National Mining Association, and served as the chair of NMA’s Legal Committee. WFA represents a group of rural cooperatives and municipal utilities in areas like coal buying and coal mining operations.

Palmer’s efforts at Total Spectrum and Total Spectrum/Arizona will include advancing policies at the state and federal level to preserve America’s coal-fired generating fleet, protect coal production from all U.S. coal fields, and create policy parity for 21st century coal technology.

Palmer is a native of Arizona and has a home in Phoenix. He will work on behalf of Arizona interests – before both the state and federal government – to develop solutions for the state’s current and future energy, water, and transportation needs.

“Fred understands how important electricity, water, and transportation are to continued economic growth,” said Gordon. “Fred knows how to get things done – and I am delighted that he has brought his unique professional profile and public affairs management experience to Total Spectrum and Total Spectrum Arizona.”

Palmer is a member of the National Coal Council and served as Chairman of the Coal Policy Committee from 2010 to 2015. He represented Peabody Energy on several boards of directors, including the World Coal Association – with a two-year term as Chairman – as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the FutureGen Alliance.

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