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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 and terminals, coal traders, and coal support service firms operating in North America and globally. The ACC has over 140 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 and Charleston, WV.

Principal Activities

Conference Programs

  • Spring Coal Forum examines marketplace and public policy issues of critical importance to the American coal industry. The event serves as a forum for industry executives from companies that produce, supply, transport, ship, trade and consume coal.
  •  Coal  Market Strategies Conference examines the many and varied dynamics at play in today’s U.S. coal industry and looks at how those throughout the coal supply chain are addressing the issues they face. Attendees will benefit from the opportunity to learn about a broad spectrum of the industry’s most pressing issues.
  •  Coal Trading Conference provides industry leaders the opportunity to hear speakers and panels discuss trends in the marketplace, to improve their understanding of coal markets and trading issues and to facilitate business relationships among the diverse sectors of the supply chain. Presenters for this key event include industry executives, consultants, government representatives and others related to the financial community.

Webcast Program

The ACC’s Coal Q&A webinar program is designed to provide a forum to address critical issues affecting the U.S. coal industry – including coal producers, consumers, traders, transporters and coal support services firms. Each program begins with a topic briefing by a leading industry analyst, expert or representative, followed by a moderated Q&A session.



Memberships, Strategic Alliances & Affiliations

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

ACC Committees

  • Tomorrow’s Leadership Council
  • Coal Trading Committee
  • Coal 2.0 Alliance ~ Pre-Combustion Coal Technologies
  • Communications Committee
  • Conference Program Development
  • Membership Committee

Over Three Decades of Service to the American Coal Industry

The American Coal Council (ACC) is proud to have served the coal industry for many years, and celebrated our 35th anniversary in 2017!





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 140 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's offices 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, engage in, and report on critical industry issues, and better supports and coordinate ACC advocacy efforts with national associations in DC.

In the spring of 2013 former CEO Janet Gellici left the ACC to assume the leadership of the National Coal Council, a policy 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), Ingrid Shumate Raboteau (Education and Marketing Director), and Michele Rubin (Member Services Coordinator).

In February 2017, the members of the ACC and the Coal Trading Association (CTA) approved the combination of the two associations. The combined organization is operating under the existing American Coal Council name and staffing structure. Coal trading matters are being addressed by a new ACC Coal Trading Committee, chaired by the Vice President Energy Traders of the ACC Board of Directors. ACC continues to host the annual Coal Trading Conference in New York that was previously jointly hosted by CTA and ACC.