ON THE MOVE
Coal Leadership Advancement Seminar Series
June 26-28 ~ The Magnolia Hotel
Downtown Denver Colorado
ACC Members – watch accevents.org for more information
The latest ACC educational initiative is designed to fill the educational gap between new hires and senior executives. The Coal Leadership Advancement Seminar Series (CLASS) is for mid-career coal industry executives, addressing their interest in:
- Advancing professional career objectives.
- Building and enhancing long-term relationships with industry colleagues.
- Obtaining timely, in-depth and analytical industry knowledge and resources.
- Learning about the operations of and inter-relationship between various sectors of the coal industry ~ coal supply, coal consumption and coal transportation.
The annual seminar brings together coal suppliers and marketers, utility and industrial coal consumers, rail/barge/port transportation management, and coal support service providers. It provides a series of in-depth training seminar sessions on technical, legal, financial and business administration subjects, as well as timely updates on critical marketplace and public policy issues.
ACC Members – watch accevents.org for more information
Spring Coal Forum report on Coalblog
Held: March 13-15, 2012
Sandpearl Resort ~ Clearwater, FL
A rousing Spring Coal Forum (SCF) keynote speech, given by Dr. Phil Burgess, the founding Executive Director of the American Coal Council (ACC), encouraged listeners to defend the American electricity consumer and the benefits of electrification around the world. Burgess urged the industry to take a stand, recognizing that the war being waged against coal is, in fact, a war against the American economy, jobs, and well-being.
Click here to read the rest of this SCF 2012 report on Coalblog.
Spring Coal Forum Presentations
Spring Coal Forum 2012 attendees should have already received an email with detailed instructions on how to download pdf versions of the conference presentations.
If you attended SCF 2012 and have not been able to download the presentations, please contact Ingrid Abrom (via email or phone 202-756-4540)
Now ACC members can also download five of the presentations from this key industry event. Click here to download these SCF 2012 presentations
2012 TLC Project Moving Forward
The 2012 Tomorrow's Leadership Council (TLC) had their first meeting at the 2012 Spring Coal Forum in Clearwater, FL on March 13th.
At this meeting, the group enjoyed a professional development seminar with speaker – Linda Larsen – focusing on Excellence in Leadership – improving the participant's ability to manage themselves and others.
After the seminar, the group dug into planning for the annual project and moved forward with the goal of developing new educational information for the public. This information will focus on the value of the use of coal to provide low-cost, abundant, and reliable energy to the country. The project will also look at several of the coal-related myths being spread throughout the media and then provide a "next steps" outline for the coal industry to use in preparing education and marketing material.
We welcome ACC members, or potential members, to contact us about your enrollment in the TLC group (email or call Jason Hayes @ 202-756-4540) If you have new or up-and-coming executive talent that could benefit from professional development seminars, networking opportunities, and industry-specific training, and project development opportunities, please contact us today.
The ACC's Tomorrow's Leadership Council (TLC) is designed to advance and vest executive talent in the coal industry. The Council provides a meaningful opportunity for up-and-coming executives to enhance their industry knowledge and networks through projects and activities that advance industry-wide objectives as well as professional development goals. The program, which launched in 2009, has "graduated" over 50 executives in three years.
Gellici & Hayes Present TLC Program at Great Ideas Conference
Janet Gellici and Jason Hayes were invited to speak at the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE), Great Ideas Conference ~ March 25, 2012, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO
At the conference, we presented information on our Tomorrow's Leadership Council (TLC) program, which was "designed to advance and vest executive talent in the coal industry. As we told our session listeners, TLC provides a meaningful opportunity for up-and-coming executives to enhance their industry knowledge and networks through projects and activities that advance industry-wide objectives as well as professional development goals."
The ASAE is the primary national organization for association executives in the U.S.A. "ASAE represents more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. ASAE members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world."
GET YOUR IDEAS PUBLISHED!
If you are interested in publishing an article in American Coal – whether you're editorializing on an issue, preparing a case study, or describing a challenge the industry is facing – we would love to hear from you. Please call Jason Hayes (202-756-4540) or email us with your article ideas.
We're always looking for ways to give you a better and more enjoyable product. Don't hesitate to let us know what you think, send us a letter to the editor, send us an email, or give us a call @ 202-756-4540.
You could be the next featured author in American Coal fall 2012 issue.
Don't forget! You can access all of the content from the latest edition of American Coal magazine in a digital format – online – at www.americancoalonline.com
2012 Advertising Opportunities – ACC website, newsletter, calendar, and more
Maximize your ad campaign investment!
Getting accurate and up-to-date information on your company, your products, your services in front of potential customers is essential.
There's no better way to do this than in ACC print and online publications:
- American Coal magazine (print & online)
- The ACC website
- Our monthly newsletters
- The ACC annual calendar
- Membership Directory and Buyers’ Guide (print & online)
Our Media Planner – with full information on ad locations, sizes, and pricing – is available to view online.
We are also happy to answer any other questions that you might have. Please contact Jason Hayes, ACC Communications Director at 602-769-3872 or email@example.com.
Women’s Mining Coalition 2012 Fly-In Event
The Women's Mining Coalition (WMC) has scheduled its 20th annual Fly-In to Washington D.C. for May 6-11, 2012. Since 1993, WMC has been conducting their annual Fly-In to educate our nation's leaders about the importance of a healthy domestic mining industry, helping them to better understand the issues facing the industry and encouraging them to develop fair regulations accordingly.
WMC was formed in 1993 by three female geologists, Ruth Carraher, Kathy Benedetto and Debra Struhsacker. Over coffee, the three friends worked out the details of a coalition composed of women who worked in mining, having been encouraged by the 1992 election of multiple congresswomen. WMC's initial thrust was to reform the Mining Law of 1872. The group successfully guided it through the Senate and House, but President Clinton vetoed it. Even though WMC lost in their effort, the group gained recognition and called attention to an issue of importance to the mining industry.
Today, WMC works closely with organizations such as the National Mining Association, the American Coal Council, and the Northwest Mining Association to define each year's issues of importance to the mining industry. WMC has brought varied coal and hardrock mining-related issues to the attention of legislators in Washington during each Fly-In. Past issues have included permitting delays, EPA overregulation, the Clean Water Act as it relates to mountaintop mining and Section 4 permits, critical minerals reliance, greenhouse gas regulation, the importance of coal-fired power plants, mine safety, higher education in sciences and engineering and jobs creation.
During the 2012 Fly-In, essential issues will be discussed with legislators, including critical strategic minerals legislation, the "dirt tax", EPA's proposed financial assurance bonding, permitting delays, the possible listing of the sage grouse as an endangered species, the utility MACT rule, and, as always, jobs creation.
Mining is one of only two industries that have added jobs during the recent economic downturn, alongside the healthcare industry. The mining industry is proud of its contributions to the American economy and the jobs it provides. Each participant in the Fly-In can speak personally of how the mining industry has created employment. All the participants work within the hardrock and coal mining industries, at coal-fired power plants, or for mining-related vendors, suppliers, and manufacturers. Approximately 45 women are scheduled to attend the Fly-In this year, and it is anticipated that over four days, they will meet with more than 170 Congressional offices on both the Senate and House sides.
More information about the Women's Mining Coalition, its goals and mission, and the upcoming and past Fly-Ins is available on the organization's website, www.wmc-usa.org
Morrow Pacific Project – Files Permits for West Coast Coal Export Terminal
The Morrow Pacific project is being developed to provide a coal export route through Oregon to U.S. trade allies in Asia. Ambre Energy, the project developer, will ship the low-sulfur PRB coal by train to Eastern Oregon at the Port of Morrow. From there, barges will move the coal down the Columbia River. The coal will be transferred downriver at the Port of St. Helens directly from the barges to oceangoing vessels bound for Japan, South Korea or Taiwan.
The project has secured option agreements with both Oregon ports and has filed permits with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Oregon Department of State Lands. The timeline puts the project operational as soon as mid-2013. The Army Corps has invited public comment on the permit in the months of March and April.
"This project will bring jobs and economic benefits to the Northwest," said Clark Moseley, CEO of the Morrow Pacific project. The project will create over 100 family-wage jobs, and contribute significant port and tax revenues.
Click here for more information on the project and to join the list of supporters: http://morrowpacific.com/support
Action Request for Proposed Four Rivers Terminal Facility
SCH Services, LLC, a leading developer and operator of coal terminal facilities, is pleased to be making significant progress in its effort to develop a new coal terminal (Four Rivers Terminal) on the Ohio River (mile 943) in western Kentucky. The planned facility will offer unparalleled flexibility with access to multiple rail carriers and convenient access to four major rivers (Ohio, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Cumberland). It is anticipated that Four Rivers Terminal will help link producers and consumers of coal and develop into a strategic partner for many in the industry.
Four Rivers Terminal will complement the other terminal facilities managed by SCH Services, LLC, including Calvert City Terminal, Havana Dock and Pride Terminal. Together, these facilities will provide customers with redundant capacity and increased flexibility, reducing risk associated with the transportation and storage of coal.
The Four Rivers Terminal project is currently in the Public Notice phase of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit process. During this phase, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is soliciting comments from the public regarding the project. SCH Services, LLC would greatly appreciate if ACC members would provide a short letter to the Corps of Engineers indicating support for the project. A few points that would be helpful, among others, are as follows:
- SCH Services, LLC maintains a record as a safe and efficient operator.
- The appropriateness and need for a terminal facility in this area.
- The need for the regulatory process to be completed as expeditiously as possible.
Support letters can be sent to the Corps either through direct mail or through email with a submission deadline of April 19, 2012.
Directions for Submitting Comments
If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact Mike Fitz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-643-8111 for information on how to submit a comment to the Corps. Additional information on the project is also available at www.sch-ces.com.
Coalblog Posts: Policy Updates on the Coal Industry
A struggling economy and rapidly rising energy prices have not dimmed the EPA's war on coal. Instead, they have stepped up their extreme regulatory assault with several new regulations, thereby ensuring prices will continue to rise and jobs will continue to be lost. Fortunately, the EPA has suffered two notable setbacks in federal court and at the Supreme Court.
Be sure to check out the Coalblog for regular updates and editorial from the ACC, as well as coal and energy sector companies. Here are links to just a few of the issues that we have covered since the last issue of American Coal Advisory:
Please contact Jason Hayes if your company has an interesting editorial, story, news release, or case study to feature in the ACC newsletters and on the Coalblog. We'd love to hear from you.
Genscape Weekly Coal Burn Data
ACC has partnered with Genscape to bring our members and readers regular updates on the amount of coal being consumed in the U.S. Click on the graph below to see the weekly updates on coal use.
Bezdek & Wendling: "Not-So-Green Superhighway"
Roger Bezdek and Robert Wendling, authors of "The Impending World Energy Mess" have added to their list of publications with an interesting look into the "unforeseen consequences of dedicated renewable energy transmission."
Published in the February, 2012 issue of Public Utilities Fortnightly, Bezdek and Wendling delve into the taboo subject of whether so-called green energy can compete against other, far more reliable and far less expensive energy resources without strict mandates.
Read the remainder of this review on the Coalblog.
Good for You: Arch Coal honors 12 W. Va. Teachers
Congratulations to the 12 West Virginia teachers who were honored by the Arch Coal Foundation for their excellence in the classroom. As the Arch Coal news release describes, these teachers are putting in the time and effort to ensure America's school children receive top quality educations.
The 12 teachers honored were selected out of almost 600 nominations. Kudos to you for your hard work!
Read the names of these hard-working teachers on the Coalblog.
Bounce Back Higher – How to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills
You already know that public speaking ranks as one of the top fears for most people. And you've heard comedians famously say that, at a funeral, "Most people would rather be in the box than delivering the eulogy."
Whether presenting at a small meeting or before a group of 1500, many people get nervous just anticipating giving a presentation. In my public speaking seminars and executive speech coaching, I'm often asked, "What's the best way to overcome nervousness? How can I build my confidence and credibility through public speaking?"
ACC members can click here to read award-winning author and media veteran Colleen Kettenhofen's latest monthly leadership management column. This month Colleen describes 12 important steps anyone can take to improve their public speaking skills.
The Un-Comfort Zone #44 – The Victory of Vulnerability
"Turn to chapter ten and begin reading..." My history teacher, by ending that sentence with a soft pause, led us to believe there were further instructions coming. The entire class stared at him in anticipation.
After a moment he said, "Why aren't you reading? Why are you looking at my face? There is no print here, and even if there were you couldn't see it."
In this latest edition of The Un-Comfort Zone, Robert Wilson recognizes that as we mature, we become more comfortable with the notion of being vulnerable. ACC members can click this link to finish reading this article. Click here to read archived editions of the Un-Comfort Zone.
ACC Social Media
Don't forget to check our websites and social-media sites for the latest information on the coal industry, events, news and policy changes.
We're active on the Coalblog, Facebook and Twitter. Our magazine is also available online at americancoalonline.com.
We've also just added an ACC LinkedIn and Flickr page. Be sure to stop by and "subscribe," "friend," or "follow" us.
2012-2013 ACC Events
|Spring Coal Forum
||March 13-15, 2012
||Clearwater (Tampa), FL
|Coal Leadership Advancement Seminar Series
||June 26-28, 2012
|Coal Market Strategies
||August 20-22, 2012
||Napa Valley, CA
|Coal Industry Briefing
||October 3, 2012
|Coal Trading Conference
||December 3-4, 2012
||New York, NY
|Spring Coal Forum
||March 12-14, 2013
We also host monthly webcasts designed to provide a forum for the discussion of critical issues affecting the U.S. coal industry.
Please be sure to check out the ACC Events website for registration and event information for our conferences and our regularly scheduled webcasts.