T.L. "Terry" Headley has been named communications director for the American Coal Council. Before joining ACC, Terry spent more than eight years as director of communications for the West Virginia Coal Association, and during this time he was also instrumental in expanding the Friends of Coal network and social media presence. His extensive public relations background includes time as a newspaper editor and reporter, and acting as a spokesperson for state government in West Virginia. Terry holds both a master's degree in public relations/journalism and an MBA. A native of West Virginia, he is a 2001 graduate of Leadership West Virginia and has more than 25 years of experience in mass communications.
Terry joins ACC as the organization approaches its 35th year of service to our members and the coal industry. His strong background and direct work experience in the coal association arena will be leveraged to advance the American Coal Council's communications, publications, and advocacy programs.
Terry would be pleased to hear from you as he undertakes his new responsibilities. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
and by phone at ACC's Washington, D.C. office at 202.756.4540.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 American Coal Council (ACC) Board of Directors. Nominations and Applications must be submitted to Betsy Monseu, ACC CEO as follows:
" – for use if you wish to nominate a candidate other than yourself to the Board - due by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, October 14, 2016
Note that with the changes to the American Coal Council Bylaws approved in June 2016, Board members may stand for election to a second term. It is anticipated that some current Board Directors reaching the end of their initial Item in 2016 will do so.
The ACC Board of Directors is charged with determining the Board’s appropriate size, and the equitable distribution of Directors across the ACC membership categories – coal suppliers, coal consumers, transportation companies, energy traders, and coal support services firms.
ACC Board Directors will be elected via written electronic ballot to be sent in early November 2016 and returned to Betsy Monseu, ACC CEO, no later than November 30, 2016.
The American Coal Council 2017 Board of Directors will begin serving their term on January 1, 2017.
ACC Board members oversee the property, affairs, finances, activities and strategic direction of the ACC. The Board typically meets in person three times per year, with the first 2017 meeting planned in January (date and location TBD), and two meetings scheduled to coincide with the ACC’s Spring Coal Forum (March 2017-Clearwater Beach, FL) and Coal Market Strategies Conference (August 2017-Park City, UT).
ACC CEO Betsy Monseu will speak on the opportunities and challenges for coal in North America and globally at "Met Coke 20" – the 2016 Met Coke World Summit to be held October 18-20, at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. For more information on the event, go to https://www.metcokemarkets.com/
Have you checked out the ACC’s social media outlets lately?
Please be sure to follow @AmericanCoal. Tweet "shout outs" and links to @AmericanCoal, along with coal-related hashtags: #coal, #climate, #CCS, #CCT, etc.
Please be sure to like and share ACC’s page and posts with your company and personal accounts.
If your company has tech or social media savvy employees, or employees with graphic design capabilities who are willing to donate time to help prepare infographics, social media posts, write articles, etc., please let the ACC know – email@example.com
Each year we publish a Membership Directory with contact information for each of our member companies.
As a benefit of membership, we make this Directory available for ACC members to download (in PDF format). Click here
or on the graphic below to download the 2016 Membership Directory.
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ith anyone outside of your own organization.
The ACC's 2015 Tomorrow's Leadership Council
recently developed a "Coal Communications Kit"
to help coal advocates educate, inform, build bridges, and counter misinformation about coal. This document provides ideas and information that coal industry employees and others can use to improve communications and relations with others in the public realm.
Whether you're on an airplane, at a business or community event, or seeking to inform relatives and firends, coal advocates now have useful facts and information to assist them in communicating the importance, value, and benefits of coal in U.S. energy production.
1. Technological improvements in the coal industry
2. Airborne emissions and emissions reduction
3. Scalability of coal as an energy resource
4. Comparisons of coal vs. other fuels/energy resources
5. Coal’s role in grid reliability
6. Climate change
7. The costs of not using coal
8. Coal's role in international trade
9. Impacts of mining coal
10. Coal and resource depletion
11. EPA regulations
12. Pollution in China
The Coal Communication Kit
provides ready responses to commonly held negative notions about coal. It offers convenient "elevator speeches", Facebook posts, and Tweets, as well as more detailed information and resources.
We’re confident coal advocates will find this information useful and easy to share. Be sure to check out the Coal Communications Kit
, use it in your discussions with friends, the media, elected officials, and others. Then, please be sure to share the Coal Communications Kit
on your social media accounts. Spread the information around so everyone can access it!
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Training and Education
CO2 Building Blocks: Assessing CO2 Utilization Options
Janet Gellici, Chief Executive Officer, National Coal Council
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 ˜ 2-3 pm Eastern
With the release of its new report, "CO2 Building Blocks: Assessing CO2 Utilization Options", the National Coal Council (NCC) adds to its body of work on carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCS/CCUS).
There is a growing consensus amongst industry, environmental groups, and governments that CCUS technologies for all fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, oil) will have to be deployed to achieve climate objectives in the U.S. and globally. Why? Population and income are driving increased demand for energy. Global electrification continues, and more than half of the increase in global energy consumption is for power generation.
The world will continue to rely on abundant, secure, and affordable fossil fuels. Without CCUS, as NCC noted in prior reports, it is highly improbable that global CO2 emissions reduction goals will be met. Further, the projected costs of achieving these goals without CCUS will be much higher – 70 to 138 percent more expensive.
The U.S. enhances its chance of success in meeting CO2 emission reduction goals when it commits with urgency to the deployment of CCS technologies. That commitment begins with policies and incentives to level the playing field for CCUS. Upon this level foundation, the building blocks of CO2 utilization can be constructed to expedite reduction of CO2 emissions.
Join us as Janet Gellici provides an overview of the findings and recommendations of NCC’s "CO2 Building Blocks" report to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
There is no charge for members of the American Coal Council, but pre-registration is required.
The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) has launched a new campaign designed to improve the public perception of the mining industry. "Move Mining," is a team competition, and the goal is to develop a positive message campaign to promote mining worldwide. This inaugural competition will be held at the February 2017 SME Annual Conference & Expo in Denver, Colorado. Be creative in promoting a positive image of the importance of mining, highlighting the essential role that it plays in our daily lives, our lifestyles, and our standard of living.
For more information about the SME competition click here
Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for our last conference of the year – the Coal Trading Conference is jointly hosted with the Coal Trading Association and will be held December 5-6, 2016 in NYC!
Be sure to watch the events page on the ACC website
for registration and event information for our conferences and monthly webcast programs
American Coal Magazine
A coalition of states argued in federal court that the EPA has overstepped its authority with proposed emission standards that would require states such as West Virginia to revamp its primary energy source and economic model.
On September 27, West Virginia Solicitor General Elbert Lin presented the case of West Virginia vs. the Environmental Protection Agency before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit during a full day of oral arguments before the full court rather than the typical three-judge panel.
The coalition is led by West Virginia and Texas, but it includes 27 states and state agencies. It also has drawn support from labor unions, consumer groups, businesses, utilities and coal companies.
Just when Hillary Clinton’s "deplorables" comment set a new low for insensitivity, we saw another real zinger this week from former Clinton White House staffer William Galston.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed
, Galston deemed the "war on coal" a claim perpetuated by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to reinforce the coal community’s perceived "victimhood."
Meanwhile, a few things have happened:
In 2008, President Obama promised, "If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them."
After Congress turned down President Obama’s request to enact a law regulating power plants’ greenhouse-gas emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency turned to the states—not with a request, but with instructions to carry out the president’s energy policy. The EPA’s "Clean Power Plan" now faces the scrutiny of the nation’s chief regulatory review court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
If the Constitution’s federalism is to endure, the Clean Power Plan must be struck down.
The American Coal Council and Naylor Association Solutions have partnered together to provide the American coal industry with a wide variety of print, digital, and online advertising opportunities.
Be sure to check out our Media Guide & Rate Card
with all the information that you need to advertise in any of our publications.
Remember that ACC Members receive a 10% discount on all advertising rates listed in our Media Guide.
Please contact Betsy Monseu, ACC CEO at 202-756-4540 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Anthony Land, Project Leader at Naylor Association Solutions 352-333-3454 / email@example.com with any advertising questions.