Clean Coal Energy Policies and Technologies

Ken Nemeth: nemeth@sseb.org

Composed of industries, academia, and business executives, the Southern States Energy Board’s Committee on Clean Coal Energy Policies and Technologies advances opportunities for applied research and development, investment, international cooperation, and technology design for coal in the southern region. During its tenure, the committee has been responsible for coupling the development of clean coal technologies with potential domestic and international economic development opportunities. The program also affords partners the opportunity to leverage U.S. resources to influence international occasions for the deployment of those coal-based technologies that mitigate greenhouse gases and provide carbon storage solutions to reduce the effects of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide.

SSEB maintains a productive partnership for examining issues related to coal and carbon management with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Coal and Carbon Management. International efforts, such as participation in the 23 nation Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, are coordinated with the Cleaner Fossil Fuel Systems Committee of the World Energy Council and the United States Energy Association.

Recently, the committee has been focusing on those issues related to carbon management and coal use in the South, especially legislation currently being considered at federal and state levels. The committee met on May 23-24, 2016, in Kingsport, Tennessee. On May 24th, during the concluding portion of the meeting, the committee held a roundtable discussion.

Outcomes of the roundtable discussion included stated intentions by several SSEB legislative members to bring resolutions before the Board at its Annual Meeting in late September 2016. Additionally, committee members provided assurances that the key issues and priorities highlighted during the discussion would be brought forth during meetings with governors’ offices, legislative leadership, state regulators, and other related national and regional organizations.