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American Coal Council

Industry Focused Education, Networking & Advocacy

American Coal Council
Industry Focused Education, Networking & Advocacy

ACC advances the power, the promise & the pride of America’s coal industry.

Mission Statement

American Coal Council (ACC) provides relevant educational programs, market intelligence, advocacy support and peer-to-peer networking forums to advance members’ commercial and professional development interests.

ACC represents the collective interests of the American coal industry ~ from the hole-in-the-ground to the plug-in-the-wall ~ in advocating for coal as an economic, abundant and environmentally sound fuel source.

ACC serves as an essential resource for industry, policy makers and public interest groups. The Association supports activities and objectives that advance coal supply, consumption, transportation and trading.


ACC members include coal suppliers, coal consumers, coal transportation companies, coal traders and coal support service firms operating in the U.S., Canada and South America. The ACC has over 155 member companies.

Corporate Status

The ACC was incorporated in Colorado in 1982 as a 501(c)6 business league and trade association. The principal office is located in Washington, D.C. area with staff also operating in Phoenix, Arizona.

Principal Activities

Conference Programs

  • Spring Coal Forum: Strategic Issues
  • Coal Market Strategies Conference: Strategic Issues
  • Coal Trading Conference (in cooperation with the Coal Trading Association)


Memberships, Strategic Alliances & Affiliations

  • National Mining Association
  • Women’s Mining Coalition
  • American Coal Ash Association
  • Coal Utilization Research Council (CURC)
  • National Coal Council
  • American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity

Committees & Other Activities

  • ACC Committees
    • Tomorrow’s Leadership Council
    • Coal 2.0 Alliance ~ Pre-Combustion Coal Technologies
    • Communications Committee
    • ACC Conference Program Development
    • ACC Membership Committee
  • Industry Advocacy – Conference Presentations, Media Relations & Public Energy Education Initiatives


Over Three Decades of Service to the American Coal Industry

The American Coal Council (ACC) is proud to have served the coal industry for more than 3 decades!

The American Coal Council (ACC) continues to be dedicated to advancing the development and utilization of coal as an economic, abundant/secure and environmentally sound fuel source.



The ACC is unique among industry trade associations in:

Exclusively representing the collective and mutual interests of the entire coal industry – from the hole in the ground to the plug in the wall. ACC’s membership base includes coal suppliers, coal consumers (utility & industrial), energy traders, coal transportation companies and coal support service firms. Today, the more than 170 member companies of the American Coal Council have combined their respective voices to serve as the pre-eminent business voice of the American coal industry.

Serving as an information resource and advocate for the industry - not a lobbying group for any one industry sector – thus establishing itself as a trusted advisor to industry associates and investors, public policy makers, the media and U.S. citizens.

The ACC’s predecessor organization, the Western Coal Council (WCC), was founded in 1982 as the Western Coal Export Council (WCEC), a private industry trade group formed to promote exports of western U.S. coal to the Pacific Rim. The WCEC grew out of the efforts of a multi-national Task Force formed under the auspices of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA). In 1981, that Task Force published a study on "Western U.S. Steam Coal Exports to the Pacific Basin." Three nations - Japan, Taiwan and South Korea - along with more than 40 U.S. companies participated in the study group.

In 1986, the Western Coal Export Council changed its name to the Western Coal Council to more accurately reflect the organization’s support for expansion of both foreign and domestic markets for western U.S. coal. The strengths and practices established in those early years - including a broad-based membership, a partnering, non-adversarial approach to business, excellence in educational programming, and an eagerness to work closely with other groups to advocate for the coal industry’s interests - continued to foster the WCC’s growth and development.

In the Spring of 2002, the WCC undertook the next step in its development as the membership voted overwhelmingly to transition from a regional to a national organization. The American Coal Council’s national focus and its increasingly close times with national and state organizations and other industry groups enhanced its advocacy efforts, visibility and information resource base.

The next step in the ACC’s evolution was achieved with the establishment of a Washington, DC office in May 2007. In January 2007, the ACC Board of Directors approved the relocation of ACC Chief Executive Officer Janet Gellici to the DC area in an effort to better advance the Association’s advocacy and liaison objectives. Proximity to public policy decision-makers, industry associations and ACC member companies with a DC presence enhances the ACC’s ability to monitor and report on critical industry issues, and better supports and coordinate ACC advocacy efforts with national associations in DC.

In early 2013 an announcement was made that former CEO, Janet Gellici, would leave the ACC in May to assume the position of Executive Director of the National Coal Council, an advisory group to the U.S. Secretary of Energy. Subsequently, Betsy Monseu was appointed to succeed Ms. Gellici. Betsy brings many years of relevant industry experience to the Association, having worked previously in the utility, transportation, and coal production sectors. Betsy is supported by the other members of the ACC team, including Terry Headley (Communications Director) and Michele Rubin (Executive Assistant) based in Phoenix, and Ingrid Shumate (Education and Marketing Director) based in northern Virginia.