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Registration for our 62nd Annual Meeting Opens Soon!

Mark your calendars! Registration for our 62nd Annual Meeting will open soon. Our Chair, South Carolina’s Gov. Henry McMaster, will host the 3-day event from August 28-30 in Charleston. 

The theme guiding our agenda for this year is Clean Energy: Fueling Growth & Prosperity in the South.

This year’s event will be hosted at the Charleston Marriott, located in the heart of downtown and overlooking the winding Ashley River. The hotel has convenient access to the old city market, local beaches, and a variety of great dining and entertainment options. 

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact our Grants & Accounting Manager, Leigh Hawkins, via email or use the contact form here

Ensure you’re signed up for our newsletter to receive meeting updates as they’re announced!

We can’t wait to see you all this summer! 

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Now Available: 2022 SMRAP

The 2022 edition of the Southern Mutual Radiation Assistance Plan (SMRAP) is now available for review.

The document provides a mechanism for coordinating radiological emergency assistance capabilities among participating states. SMRAP is authorized under the provisions of the Southern Agreement for Mutual State Radiological Assistance, which was signed by the governors of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee in 1973. The governors of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas signed in 1974, Missouri’s governor signed in 1975, and Governor Wilder of Virginia signed the agreement in 1990. The authority for entering into supplemental agreements by any of the southern states is provided by Public Law 87-563, which grants U.S. Congressional approval of the Southern Interstate Nuclear Compact.

The Southern Mutual Radiation Assistance Plan is reviewed, revised and administered on a permanent basis by the Southern Emergency Response Council (SERC), which was established for that purpose under the terms of the agreement. The council consists of radiological health program directors from each signatory state and the executive director of the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB), formerly known as the Southern Interstate Nuclear Board (SINB). SSEB also serves as the SERC secretariat.

The plan contains general provisions and detailed resource information and is designed to serve the needs of state administrators as well as state radiological health personnel in their everyday activities. The document is updated regularly to ensure accuracy of federal and state agency information.

We hope that this approach to resolving radiation assistance problems in the southern states, as outlined in SMRAP, will provide useful direction and guidance to others with similar objectives. If you have any questions about the document, please email our Director of Nuclear Programs, Chris Wells.

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Critical Minerals & Rare Earth Elements Webinar Available

Now more than ever, securing and processing critical minerals (CMs) and rare earth elements (REEs) is essential to the technological progress and decarbonization of the nation’s energy grid. China controls more than 80 percent of the world’s REEsan imbalance that threatens U.S. energy independence and technological innovation.

Critical minerals, as defined by the US Geological Survey, include well known elements like aluminum, nickel, magnesium, zinc and lesser-known commodities like gallium, rhodium, hafnium, and europium. They are considered critical because of their supply chain necessity and lack of viable substitutes.

Rare earth elements are critical minerals, but they are semantically separated by their being chemically similar to one another, harder to extract compared to base metals like nickel or platinum, and because of their wide use in digital technology.

Everything from the phone in your pocket to your vehicle’s catalytic converter (or its batteries if you drive an EV) make use of critical minerals.

How can the Southeast respond to the growing need for CMs and REEs? To answer that question and more, we were joined by:

  • Dr. Grant Bromhal, Acting Director of the Mineral Sustainability Division at the U.S. Department of Energy;
  • Danny Gray, Executive VP of Strategy and Business Operations at Green Cement Inc. and SSEB’s Associate Member Chair;
  • Dr. Michael Karmis, Director of the Virginia Center for Coal & Energy Research (Ret.); and
  • Dr. Charles Sims, Energy & Environment Program Director at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.
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Register Now for Our Next Webinar!

Registration is now open for our first webinar of 2022. Join us March 8 at 11 a.m. ET for this educational webinar on The Future of Critical Minerals & Rare Earth Elements in the Southeast.

Now more than ever, securing and processing critical minerals (CMs) and rare earth elements (REEs) is critical to the technological progress and decarbonization of the nation’s energy grid. Electric vehicles alone require 2-3 times the amount of copper needed for traditional internal combustion engine-powered vehicles, and EV sales continue to rise. China controls more than 80 percent of the world’s REEsan imbalance that threatens U.S. energy independence and technological innovation.

How can the Southeast respond to the growing need for CMs and REEs? To answer that question and more, joining us will be:

  • Dr. Grant Bromhal, Acting Director of the Mineral Sustainability Division at the U.S. Department of Energy;
  • Danny Gray, Executive VP of Strategy and Business Operations at Green Cement Inc. and SSEB’s Associate Member Chair;
  • Dr. Michael Karmis, Director of the Virginia Center for Coal & Energy Research (Ret.); and
  • Dr. Charles Sims, Energy & Environment Program Director at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.
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Learn About CCUS Regional Initiatives in a New Podcast from eGeos!

The episode—featuring Benjamin Wernette, our Geologist and Project Manager—introduces listeners to the four Regional Initiatives to Accelerate Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) Deployment, a DOE-funded project with the collective objective to identify and help address regional storage and transport hurdles affecting commercial deployment of CCUS.

Hosted by Dr. Rachelle Kernen, Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources at the University of Adelaide, the 2022 eGeos podcast series takes a deep dive into CCUS thanks to a new partnership with the Midwest Regional Carbon Initiative.

The four initiatives discussed in the episode are:

Midwest Regional Carbon Initiative (MRCI)

Carbon Utilization and Storage Partnership of the Western United States (CUSP)

Plains Carbon Dioxide Reduction Partnership Initiative to Accelerate CCUS Deployment (PCOR)

Southeast Regional Carbon Utilization & Storage Partnership (SECARB-USA)

Alongside Benjamin, this podcast features discussions with the leaders from two other DOE-funded regional initiatives:

  • Sallie Greenberg and Neeraj Gupta, co-Principal Investigators for the MRCI; and
  • Wesley Peck, Assistant Director of Subsurface Strategies at the Energy & Environmental Research Center and Regional Infrastructure Task Lead for PCOR.

Future episodes will include discussions with members of the eGeos team and researchers from the other regional initiatives, as well as experts from a variety of CCUS-related fields.

Listen to the eGeos podcast on Apple Podcasts, SpotifySoundcloud, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

For more information on the regional initiatives, check out our webinar from July 2021 here.

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Fossil Energy & Carbon Management Digest Available

A new publication focused on fossil energy and carbon management (FECM) legislation in the United States is now available.

The FECM Digest is compiled in collaboration with our member states and includes a look at notable fossil energy and carbon management legislation from around the nation.

Topics covered in this edition include regulatory measures affecting fossil energy generation, carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), and various decarbonization bills.

The majority of the Digest highlights FECM legislation passed by our member states and territories within the last session. The notable bills included from outside of our membership should not be considered exhaustive.

This version is current as of November 19, 2021.

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Communities LEAP Opportunity

Applications due by Dec. 17

Recently, DOE announced its Communities LEAP (Local Energy Action Program) Pilot, which aims to facilitate sustained community-wide economic and environmental benefits primarily through DOE’s clean energy deployment work.

The application deadline for the Communities LEAP Pilot is coming up. The opportunity is specifically open to low-income, energy-burdened communities also experiencing either direct environmental justice impacts, or direct economic impacts caused by a shift away from fossil fuels. Through the program, DOE will provide supportive services valued at up to $16 million for community-driven clean energy transitions.

In order to provide for transitions involving carbon capture, part of this opportunity will assist communities with evaluating whether carbon capture and storage (CCS) could be included in their long-term clean energy and clean manufacturing plans.

Are you a community leader interested in bringing carbon capture technology to your city? We can help. SSEB has decades of experience leading CCS and related energy technology programs. Reach out to our office by phone at (770) 242-7712.

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Biden Appoints Federal Representative to the Board

President Joe Biden has appointed Jim Powell of Hiawassee, Georgia, as the Federal Representative to the Southern States Energy Board.

Our Federal Representative is appointed by the President as his official liaison to the Board. 

The Honorable Jim Powell will be responsible for providing an annual report to the President on the Board’s programs and activities. In addition, he will serve as an official liaison between the Board, Congress, and all federal agencies. 

He also will assist the Board in its work with the states and territories and in the development of federal energy programs of interest to the southern states. 

“All of us at the Southern States Energy Board thank President Biden for selecting Jim Powell as our federal representative,” said Ken Nemeth, the Board’s secretary and executive director.

“Jim’s extensive experience and work ethic will be essential and critical to our success during the transition period to clean energy and the development of technology innovations to curb environmental pollution,” he said.

Jim previously served as the Federal Representative during the Obama administration from 2013 to 2016. He has also served as a Georgia 9th Congressional District elected Biden delegate to the Democratic National Convention and as a volunteer member of the Biden-Harris Policy Committee.

“I am honored that President Biden has chosen me for this appointment. I look forward to working with the Southern States Energy Board and its member states and territories on energy programs and to advance the President’s Build Back Better initiative,” Powell said.

Currently, Jim is the owner and managing consultant at NORAVA Consulting, a position he has held since 2007. Prior to forming his consulting firm, he served in various capacities at the U.S. Department of Energy from 1986 to 2007. His roles included national program manager, regional director for the Southeast, and associate deputy assistant secretary. Mr. Powell also held several positions with the U.S. Department of the Navy from 1976 to 1986.

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Regional Initiatives for CCUS Advancement Awarded $20 Million

On October 15, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $20 million in funding to four projects working to accelerate the regional deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). The projects, representing the four corners of the country, are known as DOE’s Regional Initiatives to Accelerate CCUS Deployment.

The Southern States Energy Board leads one of the four regional initiatives. Known as the Southeast Regional CO2 Utilization and Storage Acceleration Partnership (SECARB-USA), our team of technical experts are tasked with identifying at least 50 potential regional sites to evaluate storage resource potential and infrastructure needs. The DOE funding awards approximately $5 million to our regional initiative program.

The goal of SECARB-USA is to help the United States meet its need for secure, affordable, and environmentally sound fossil energy supplies by utilizing the advancements made by the regional initiatives to continue identifying and addressing knowledge gaps.

Expanding the deployment of CCUS will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industrial sources and is a crucial component to achieving the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

DOE Announcement

We’re ready to continue leading a coalition of CCUS experts tasked with identifying and resolving regional challenges facing the deployment of carbon capture technologies in the Southeast! To learn more about our SECARB-USA program, click the logo below.

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61st Annual Meeting Photo Album Available

Were you unable to attend our meeting? Or maybe you did attend, but you want to relive all the great speakers, discussions, and memories?

Relive the meeting now by clicking the button below.

More information about the meeting can be found here. We hope you’ll join us next year in South Carolina with our new Executive Committee Chairman, Gov. Henry McMaster!