Year-end Membership Report 2016
Industry-Focused Education, Networking & Advocacy
December 20, 2016
The staff of the American Coal Council staff sends greetings of the holiday season and best wishes for a successful New Year. ACC will reach a milestone in 2017 – our 35th anniversary of service to the coal sector. Your support through membership, sponsorship, and engagement in the organization makes it possible for us to continue to offer of a variety of programs and services to our members. That support underlies our publications, communications, and education programs and it helps us maximize our outreach to a wide array of coal stakeholders
ACC continued to evolve in 2016. We had a staff change this summer as Jason Hayes moved on to a new position at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Terry Headley joined us in the fall as Communications Director. He had served in a similar capacity for the West Virginia Coal Association since 2008, and during that time he was also instrumental in expanding the Friends of Coal network and social media presence. Terry’s public relations 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. If you have not yet met or spoken with Terry, he would be pleased to hear from you. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at ACC’s Washington, DC office at 202.756.4540 or direct at 202.816.0253.
More recently, ACC has been involved in another potential change. We are engaged in discussions about a possible combination of the Coal Trading Association and the ACC organizations. ACC submitted a proposal to CTA during the latter part of November. I held first of two ACC member information webinars on December 15th to discuss the proposal, including the benefits, structure, governance, and timing of a combined organization, and to solicit ACC member comment and feedback. The second webinar is January 5, 2017 at 2 pm EST. Registration information for the second webinar will be sent closer to the event. In addition to the webinars, I welcome and encourage members to submit comments or questions directly to me at email@example.com or by calling me at the ACC office at 202.756-4540. All comments or questions must be submitted by January 10, 2017.
The leadership of ACC President Matt Schicke of Noble Americas Corp. and the responsiveness and commitment of our Board officer group and the entire Board of Directors has been important in 2016, especially with bringing Terry Headley on as Communications Director and the engagement in discussions with CTA about combining the two organizations.
The results of the historic election in November and the focus by the new Trump administration on removing the regulatory shackles so oppressive to our industry are welcome news. Americans made the choice for change, and because of that our industry will start 2017 on a distinctly brighter note.
Below are brief highlights of ACC’s 2016 activities and accomplishments, followed by some things to look forward to in 2017.
· As the Obama administration continued to drive its regulatory agenda, ACC’s coal advocacy engagement continued. This included the following in the energy policy and regulatory arena:
o Filed comments with the Department of Energy (DOE) in June on its Quadrennial Energy Review 1.2, a study of the electricity sector from generation to end use.
o Filed comments with the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (DOI BLM) in July on the Federal Coal Leasing Program.
o Met with the White House Office of Management and Budget to express ACC’s concerns on the expected impacts of the Department of the Interior Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s Stream Protection Rule if implemented.
The written filings with DOE and DOI BLM are available on our website (www.americancoalcouncil.org) along with other statements and testimonies in regulatory proceedings) in the “Issues and Advocacy” section.
Press releases, including ACC’s release following the election of Donald Trump, are posted on our website (www.americancoalcouncil.org) in the “News & Press” section.
· ACC continued its educational programming with our three flagship on-site conference events – Spring Coal Forum, Coal Market Strategies, and the Coal Trading Conference co-hosted with the Coal Trading Association. In addition to on-site conferences, we offer our monthly “Coal Q&A” webinar programs which can be accessed easily and conveniently from your office. This popular webinar series features presenters from industry, academia, and government and non-government organizations covering a variety of timely topics on marketplace, policy, regulatory, and technology issues. Note the webcasts are free to members as a member benefit and are archived in the “Members” portion of the ACC website.
· The Tomorrows Leadership Council (TLC), our leadership development program for emerging coal sector leaders, had another great group of participants in 2016! They were guided by program mentors Cheryl Gulledge of Southern Company and DeAngela Morant of CSX Transportation. We were fortunate to have Len Marsico, Partner and Coal Team Leader at McGuireWoods LLP and ACC Board member and Vice President Coal Support Services, as one of our TLC seminar leaders this year. Len conducted the August TLC development seminar held at the Coal Market Strategies conference, focusing on “Four Fundamentals of Executive Success.’’ The TLC group project this year, with the theme of “Creating Coal Advocates”, took a bit of a different turn from past years. The project provided TLC members with the opportunity for direct coal advocacy engagement. They participated via four methods – individual conversations, written advocacy, public speaking, and social media advocacy. Their presentation on these experiences was made at the ACC December 2016 Coal Q&A webcast and will be posted on the ACC website.
ACC in 2017
· Please mark your calendars for our major 2017 on-site conference events (see Events section of www.americancoalcouncil.org):
o Spring Coal Forum: March 7-9, Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL
o Coal Market Strategies: August 14-16 , Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, UT
o Coal Trading Conference: December 4-5, Crowne Plaza Times Square, New York, NY
· Registration is open for the 2017 Tomorrows Leadership Council program and we have a number of committed participants already. This program is open to members and non-members, so if you know of good candidates for the program please make them aware of it. There are already over 120 “graduates” from 50 companies from the TLC program since it began several years ago. Information and registration is at: www.americancoalcouncil.org/?tlc
· We look forward to new opportunities to engage in coal advocacy in 2017, partnering with our members and with other coal sector trade associations and policymakers to re-direct regulatory and policy paths under the Trump administration.
Thank you for your membership in the American Coal Council (ACC). Your involvement strengthens everything we do.
Membership dues invoices for 2017 were emailed to primary member representatives in early December. If you have not received your dues invoice, please contact me. Invoices are due and payable by January 23nd, and payment by that date ensures your listing in the ACC’s 2017 Membership Directory.
Please visit our website (www.americancoalcouncil.org) often for information on the latest ACC activities, initiatives, and conferences. We also encourage you and to engage with us on social media and follow our Coalblog (http://www.coalblog.org/).
Chief Executive Officer
American Coal Council