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   Tentative agenda 

Monday, August 6, 2018


7:30 am - 11:00 am ACC Board of Directors Meeting
Noon - 5:00 pm       ACC Golf Tournament | Business Networking Time
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm  Tomorrows Leadership Council Seminar (TLC members only)

Luke Popovich, former Vice President Communications, National Mining Association  
“The Triangle – Coal Communications, Advocacy, and Public Sentiment” 

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Coal Market Strategies Welcoming Reception
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Tomorrows Leadership Council Dinner (TLC members & Guests only)
Tuesday, August 7, 2018


7:30 am - 8:30 am Networking Breakfast
8:30 am - 8:45 am  Welcome, Antitrust Reminder, and Conference Overview 

- Betsy Monseu, CEO, American Coal Council 
- Elliott Batson, Vice President, Business Development & CCO Hallador Energy Company, and President, American Coal Council 

8:45 am - 9:30 am   Opening Keynote Address

Tony Clark 
Senior Advisor, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

Former Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 
Former Commissioner, North Dakota Public Service Commission Former President, National Association for Utility Regulatory Commissioners 

Tony Clark has extensive experience in utility regulation at the state and federal and state levels, serving as a Commissioner at both the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (2012-2016) and the North Dakota Public Service Commission (2001-2012).  With this background, he is well suited to address electricity policy challenges so important to the future of coal – Including the changing mix of generation resources, grid reliability and resiliency, and electricity market structures. What actions can FERC and the states take now to respond to these challenges? 

While at FERC, he worked on electricity reliability, oversight of the nation’s Regional Transmission Organizations, electricity grid cyber and physical security regulations, the integration of renewables and energy storage, FERC Order 1000, and wholesale electricity market reforms. 

Mr. Clark’s tenure as a Commissioner of the North Dakota Public Service Commission included over 5 years as its Chairman. In 2010, his regulatory peers across the nation selected him to serve a term as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.  

In 1994, Mr. Clark was one of the youngest people ever elected to the North Dakota legislature. He was previously also Labor Commissioner of the State of North Dakota and a member of the Cabinet of Gov. Ed Schafer. 

9:30 am - 10:00 am Break

10:00 am - 11:30 am  Session I - Policy, Politics, and People

  • Politics and Policy in 2018 – Midterm Elections Perspectives: addressing critical factors influencing whether the Republicans will retain control of the House and Senate in Washington DC, discussion of key coal and energy state races, and key governors’ races.
    Heath Lovell, Vice President – Public Affairs, Alliance Coal, LLC
  • Public Sentiment about Coal: assessing public sentiment about coal, and translating that into more effective coal industry communications.  

    Luke Popovich, former (retired) Vice President Communications – National Mining Association
  • Consumers and the Consequences of the Evolving Grid: as the bulk power system changes, what are the consequences for consumers? Does the buck stop with them, or elsewhere? Policy decisions are having the effect of early closure of existing generation sources. How does that affect the cost of generating electricity, and moving it to where it needs to be when it needs to be there? Where are retail prices of electricity for end-use consumers headed?  

    Laura Schepis, Executive Director, Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE) 
  • A Story Americans Never Hear: Session I will wrap up with a new short video on energy poverty

Michael Nasi, Partner, Environmental & Legislative Practice Group, Jackson Walker L.L.P.


11:45 am - 12:45 pm   Networking Lunch

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm  Session II - Markets

  • Coal Markets Outlook and Natural Gas Dynamics: What is the outlook for domestic coal supply and demand? How much are renewables encroaching? How will rising oil prices and increased output of associated gas affect coal? Do increasing gas exports to Mexico and LNG help? Will U.S. coal export strength be maintained?

    Andy Blumenfeld, Head of Market Analytics, Doyle Trading Consultants
  • Western Region Spotlight – Making the Case for Millennium Bulk Terminals: an update on the pursuit of legal remedies to facilitate the development of Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview, WA, and the future for seaborne thermal coal  

    Everett C. King, President and CEO – Lighthouse Resources Inc.
  • Gulf Region Spotlight:  addressing the trends and outlook for coal exports through the gulf, and the trends for other key exports and imports including steel, aluminum, and iron ore in the more broad context of the U.S. economy, global economies, and trade policy
    Terry May, Senior Vice President, Associated Terminals 
  •  Northern Appalachia Region Spotlight:  discussing key factors of the marketplace dynamics for NAPP thermal and metallurgical coals including the outlook for domestic supply, demand and competitive economics, participation in international markets and potential growth for higher sulfur-higher BTU coal, and logistics and terminal capacity via U.S. East Coast/Baltimore

Dan Connell, Director – Market Strategy & Business Development, CONSOL Energy Inc.


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

3:15 pm - 5:00 pm TLC Group Project Meeting (TLC members only)

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm Optional Session  or Committee Meetings 

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

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Coal Market Strategies Reception
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast 

8:30 am -               Opening Remarks

Betsy Monseu, CEO, American Coal Council

8:45 am - 11:30 am  Session III - Technology Directions

  • Melding Policy and Pragmatism for Coal and Energy:  from the vantage point of former DOE Assistant Secretary of Energy-Fossil during the prior Administration, this address will weigh the any factors at play impacting technology – from the current Administration’s walk away from the Paris Accord to the push forward by legislation enhancing tax credits for Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS). What’s the prognosis for CCUS and CO2 technology now? Does the improving policy and regulatory environment in Washington DC help make the business case for future coal technology projects?  
Charles D. McConnell, Executive Director, Energy and Environment Initiative, Rice University 
  • Petra NovaCarbon Capture at an Existing Coal Unit: in partnership with JX Nippon and with support from the U.S. Department of Energy, NRG Energy’s Parish plant near Houston became home to the largest post combustion carbon capture facility in the world. Operational on time and on budget in late December 2016, Petra Nova’s project success factors, operational highlights, the enhanced oil recovery aspect, and lessons learned will be addressed. 
Greg Kennedy, Senior Project Director, Asset Management, Petra Nova, NRG Energy, Inc.
  • U.S. Department of Energy – Coal Today and Tomorrow:  to support energy and national security and utilize America’s abundant fossil energy resources, the Administration recognizes the importance of retaining existing coal and nuclear plants and developing R&D and technology solutions for new ones.  This presentation will update on current activities and initiatives.
Angelos Kokkinos, Director, Office of Advanced Fossil Technology Systems, Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Adapting Technology to Changing Workforce Dynamics:  as “Baby Boomers” retire in increasing numbers, the next generation of coal supply chain managers will do business differently – their dexterity and comfort with technology assures that. This presentation will address technology adaptation for the changing workforce demographics.
Martin Lew, Chief Executive Officer, Commtrex
Concluding PresentationNTEA Perspective on Coal and Energy Development: with ACC’s unique 2018 conference location on Native American land, a perspective on coal and energy development in Indian Country is a natural subject. Do you know the one and only entity that regulates Indian commerce? This is an opportunity to learn about the unique characteristics and the advantages of doing business in Indian Country. 
Conrad (CJ) Stewart, National Tribal Energy Association (NTEA) 


11:30 am Conference Adjourns