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Digging Deep and Pushing Forward

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

 7:30 am -11:00 am        ACC Board of Directors Meeting

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm        ACC Golf Tournament | Business Networking Time

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm          Tomorrows Leadership Council Development Seminar (TLC members only)    

 Stephen Childs, VitalSmarts – “Crucial Conversations for Coal”

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm               Spring Coal Forum Welcoming Reception

7:00 pm -9:00 pm                Tomorrows Leadership Council Dinner (TLC members & Guests only)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

7:15 am - 8:15 am           Networking Breakfast

8:15 am - 8:30 am               Welcome, Antitrust Reminder, and Conference Overview

Betsy Monseu, CEO, American Coal Council
Matt Schicke, Head of U.S. Coal, Noble Americas Corp. and President, American Coal Council

8:30 am - 9:30 am          Opening Keynote 

Robert C. Flexon – President and Chief Executive Officer, Dynegy Inc.

Since 2011, Mr. Flexon has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Dynegy Inc., overseeing the energy company’s turnaround.  Prior to joining Dynegy, Mr. Flexon served as the Chief Financial Officer of UGI Corporation, a distributor and marketer of energy products and services. In 2009, he served as President and CEO of Foster Wheeler’s U.S. subsidiary and then Chief Executive Officer of Foster Wheeler, a global engineering and construction contractor and power equipment supplier. Mr. Flexon served five years at NRG Energy, Inc. in various executive level positions including Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. 

Mr. Flexon will share Dynegy’s outlook on energy and electricity markets and policy, and the continuing role of coal as a key strategic fuel source

9:30 am – 10:00 am       Break

10:00 am - 11:30 am      Session I:  Coal & Water

  • Office of Surface Mining’s Stream Protection Rule – Keeping Coal in the Ground: this rule would affect far more than mountaintop mining, and Ramboll Environ’s study for National Mining Association shows the severe impact to coal-related jobs, coal reserves available for development, and more
    Gretchen Greene, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Ramboll Environ
  • Water, Water, Everywhere:  Water, Water, Everywhere: EPA’s final effluent guidelines for power plants published November 2015 – legal implications, timeframes, and compliance strategies and technologies; comments on the sweeping Waters of the U.S. Rule  
    Benne C. Hutson, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
  • Tampa Electric’s Polk Power Project – Innovation and Collaboration for Environmental Success: this IGCC plant won the 2015 EEI Edison award for a creative reclaimed water project bringing benefits to Florida waterways, wetlands, ecosystems, and communities through innovation and technology  
    Mark Hornick, Director of Engineering and Project Management, Tampa Electric

11:45 am-12:45 pm        Networking Lunch & Golf Awards

1:00 pm -3:00 pm           Session II: Coal & Carbon

  • Deep Decarbonization of the U.S. Electricity Sector – Coal Makes the Case:  A policy focus on modest decarbonization, including in the Clean Power Plan, will result in an overemphasizing intermittent renewables and a missed opportunity for cost-effective, deeper emissions reductions using dispatchable low carbon technologies such as those using Carbon Capture and Storage

Jared Moore, Ph.D. President, Meridian Energy Policy

  • Summit Power Texas Clean Energy Project and Carbon Capture Policy Outlook:  Update on the Texas Clean Energy Project, and discussion of regulatory and legislative policy initiatives to close the gap between policy support of coal/Carbon Capture and other low carbon solutions

Sasha Mackler, Vice President Summit Carbon Capture, Summit Power Group, LLC 

  • Carbon Innovation in Coal Sales: the new owner of former Patriot mines discusses the strategy around acquiring coal properties and selling coal with carbon credits for carbon emissions reduction purposes

Tom Clarke, President, Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund

  • International Coal Markets: Global outlook focusing on the vast differences between developed versus developing countries, and the impact pf government energy policies including for carbon

Mark Gresswell, Director and Chief Analyst, HDR, Inc.

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm          Business Networking Time

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm              Optional Session – topic will be announced at the conference!

Randy Eminger, Eminger LLC 

5:00 pm -5:45 pm               Board Reception for New & Prospective Members (by invitation)

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm             Spring Coal Forum Reception

Thursday, March 10, 2016

8:00 am - 8:45 am         ACC Annual Membership Meeting Breakfast (all invited)

8:15 am - 9:15 am      Networking Breakfast

9:15 am -11:30 am       Session III: Coal & Policy

 Special Guest Speaker
    Senator Evan Bayh

Former two-term Governor of Indiana and U.S. Senator 1999-2011
Current – Partner, McGuireWoods LLP

Elections 2016 – History in the Making?: Senator Bayh joins us to handicap the 2016 elections and discuss how potential outcomes may impact the coal sector. His deep political experience and “coal state” leadership underscore his understanding of the importance of coal to reliable low-cost energy for families, businesses, and manufacturers.   


  • 2016 Coal Industry Outlook Amidst Key U.S. and Global Economic Trends:  Key economic trends in the U.S. and globally, energy marketplace issues and coal-/gas dynamics, coal sector restructuring, and how these may be impacted by the 2016 elections

Paul Forward, CFA, Managing Director, Stifel Financial Corporation

  • MISO Issues including Clean Power Plan Assessment: MISO’s December 2015 preliminary study of the CPP which estimated costs of retiring coal generation due to the CPP at up to $97 billion; ongoing work to assess regional vs state compliance and rate-based versus mass-based compliance; other electricity markets issues

David C. Boyd, Vice President Government and Regulatory Affairs, MISO

  • Supreme Court Stay of the Clean Power Plan: discussion of the immediate impacts of the recent, unprecedented SCOTUS hold on the Clean Power Plan, the specific role and responsibilities of states, and the lower court case at the DC Circuit Court of Appeals where a decision is expected by the end of 2016 

Paul Seby, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP

11:30 am                     Conference Adjourns





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