Clean Coal Energy Policies and Technologies

Ken Nemeth:

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 dioxide (CO2) storage solutions to reduce the effects of CO2 emissions worldwide.

Topic Areas

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, including cap and trade, carbon taxes, and individual states’ enactment of laws on carbon sequestration, land use planning, state building code updates, and alternative energy and renewable energy portfolio standards. In addition, mountain top mining has been a serious issue for southern mining states, and the Committee has examined use of some of those sites for state facilities and renewable energy applications.

Another area of interest among our members is the need for continuing education and training for mining personnel of the future. Because almost one-half of the coal miners in the Southeast face retirement in the next five years, there is a critical need to centralize training efforts to stabilize the workforce while increasing mining productivity.


The Southern States Energy Board maintains a productive partnership for examining issues related to coal and carbon management with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Coal and Power and the Office of Clean Coal and Energy Collaboration. 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.

Southeast Regional CO2 Sequestration Technology Training Program (SECARB-Ed)

Patti Berry:

Please visit the official SECARB-Ed website.


In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) selected seven projects to help develop regional sequestration technology training centers in the United States.  The “Southeast Regional CO2 Sequestration Technology Training Program” (SECARB-Ed) was managed and administered by the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) from November 16, 2009, to November 15, 2012.  During this performance period the efforts of SECARB-Ed and partners resulted in a total of 1,951 professional development hours (PDHs) awarded to 1,131 participants.

In a second initiative, SSEB proposed continuing its in-house elements of the SECARB-Ed program under the DOE’s Office of Clean Coal and its Office of Clean Energy Collaboration.

The SECARB-ed program will enhance and support tasks 2.1, 2.3 and 2.4 of the Regional Effort to Promote the Increased Use of U.S. Clean Coal and Energy Technologies Collaboration and Transfer:

  •  2.1 Assist DOE’s Office of Clean Coal and its Office of Clean Energy Collaboration by enhancing the awareness of state and regional policy-makers and their advisors regarding funding sources for major coal investment projects, including financial institutions that will consider investments; policy issues and risk profiles for emerging technologies; and the attraction of a stable investment environment.
  • 2.3 Provide state law makers and regulators with the technical background to support future clean energy demonstration programs and their commercial deployment.
  • 2.4 Promote workforce education and training to ensure a stable, educated, technology-oriented and professional labor force for the future of the mining industry.


The goal of this project is to advance the United States in its position as the leader in CCS technologies by addressing climate change and developing near-zero emission technologies that will significantly reduce CO2 emissions from industrial plants.

The project objective is to transfer the knowledge required to enable commercial professionals to implement and deploy CCS projects in the United States. The training is designed for site developers, geologists, engineers, scientists, and technicians but will be available to others as well. Specific CCS project areas to be addressed are site development, operations, and the monitoring of commercial CCS projects. Knowledge and technology transfer will take place through the creation of CCS technology curriculum and a regional transfer platform.