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Webinar Archive Now Available

A new page is available on our site that will serve as an archive for our educational webinars. You can find the page listed under our Events tab.

Currently, the archive features access to The Evolution of EVs in the Southeast, with future webinars and related videos to be added as they occur.

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If you have suggestions, comments, or questions concerning future webinars, contact Turney Foshee.

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February Board Additions

Over the month of February, we added three new members to the Board. Two members come to us from Missouri: Sen. Mike Cierpiot and his alternate, Sen. Jason Bean.

Sen. Mike Cierpiot was elected to serve in the Missouri Senate during the November 2017 Special Election. He represents the 8th senatorial district covering Eastern Jackson County.

Prior to his time in the Missouri Senate, Cierpiot served seven years in the Missouri House of Representatives where he served as the Assistant Majority Floor Leader for three years and was later elected to serve as the Majority Floor Leader until the end of his tenure in the Missouri House.

His colleague, Sen. Jason Bean, was elected to the Missouri Senate in 2020 and represents Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Shannon, and Stoddard counties.

Sen. Bean is a fifth generation Missourian raised in the Bootheel, and he currently lives on the same farm where he grew up and learned how to farm. He attended the University of Missouri – Columbia where he majored in agronomy and minored in animal science.

We look forward to working with both Sen. Cierpiot and Sen. Bean on the issues important to Missourians.

Florida also added a new member to the board with Rep. Bobby Payne.

Rep. Payne graduated from St. Johns River Community College and Jacksonville University. He then earned an M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University. Payne served for 34 years in the electricity transmission & utility management industry with Seminole Electric Cooperative. He held several different positions, including Manager of Operations at the Seminole Generating Station in Palatka. In addition, he served as chairman of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, past president of Sunrise Rotary, and a board member of the Putnam County United Way.

We are excited to work with Rep. Payne and his colleagues in the Florida Legislature.

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Winter Webinar Series Charges Ahead

We hope that you’ve already registered for our first free webinar, The Evolution of EVs in the South.

For an enriching accompaniment, plan to join us again for another hour as we learn about the power source behind electric vehicles and much more: batteries.

Three presenters will discuss the current limitations and the future innovations of battery technology, sources of federal funding, as well as government and industry response to market demands.

We’ll also look beyond EVs to the field of energy storage where batteries have the potential to greatly impact the energy landscape.

Speakers

Steven Boyd
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. DOE

Commissioner Tim Echols
Georgia Public Service Commission

Matthew Renna
Volkswagen Group of America

This is the second in a series of free webinars that SSEB has planned for the year, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay informed of forthcoming sessions as we announce them.

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New Webinar Series Begins Soon

The first in a series of free, educational webinars hosted by SSEB kicks off Feb. 25, 2021 at 11 a.m. Join us for an hour via Zoom as we learn about the accelerating adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and how legislatures in the Southeast might respond to the trend.

In this informational webinar, you will be presented with an analysis from four speakers on the growing pace of EV adoption in the Southeast.

Speakers

Stan Cross
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Jennifer Weiss
Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University

Joe Hoagland
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

Alexa Voytek
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Join us as we explore the current and future outlook for EVs and how the region might respond to increased EV production and adoption.

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Florida Membership Update

To kick things off in 2021, we are announcing the latest addition to our membership. Sen. Jeff Brandes, of Florida, has joined our board.

Sen. Brandes, a Florida native and Army veteran, ran for the Florida House of Representatives in 2010 and won. In 2012, he successfully ran for the Florida Senate and was re-elected in 2014, 2016, and 2018.

According to his website, Sen. Brandes has “made a name for himself as a pragmatic leader that embraces innovative technology and brings creative solutions to the problems facing Tampa Bay. With a particular interest in transportation, Jeff sponsored the bill bringing Google’s autonomous vehicle technology to Florida, where it is currently being tested.”

We look forward to working with Sen. Brandes on our shared interests.

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SSEB Welcomes New Board Member

Today, Representative Debbie Villio joined SSEB’s membership as the House Representative for the state of Louisiana.

Rep. Villio assumed office as Louisiana’s State Representative for District 79 in 2020. According to her biography, her 30 years of experience in public service and law have defined Rep. Villio as a scholarly and skillful professional ready to make a difference in Baton Rouge.

We look forward to working alongside Rep. Villio in pursuit of the common goals of our members.

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60th Annual Board Business Meeting Summary Available Now

The summary from our 60th Annual Board Business Meeting is now available for those who may have missed our virtual event. The introduction to the summary is excerpted below:

The Honorable Kevin Stitt, Governor of Oklahoma and the Southern States Energy Board’s (SSEB) Chairman, called the Board’s annual business meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

Governor Stitt welcomed participants to SSEB’s 60th Annual Board Business Meeting.

He commended the Board’s staff for continuing its progress on current projects and programs despite the hurdles created by the coronavirus pandemic. He further stated, “Energy is our nation’s fuel that powers all we do as a society: our quality of life, public health, the environment, and economic development depend on affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy resources.

Governor Stitt addressed the stifling of businesses involved in or benefitting from fossil fuels and stated that higher energy prices and fewer choices will impact our most distressed communities, which is why SSEB is an “all-of-the-above” organization. He stated that, like SSEB, Oklahoma encourages and supports the responsible production of all energy sources as well as the efficient and safe transportation of these fuels to markets. The governor welcomed new members to the board, and said he looks forward to meeting in person next year. Governor Stitt then handed the meeting over to Rep. Rocky Miller, of Missouri, for the Nominating Committee report.

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2020 Adopted Resolutions Available for Download

On September 29, 2020, the Southern States Energy Board adopted nine resolutions during our virtual 60th Annual Board Business Meeting. The documents are available for individual download or as a booklet below.

2020 Adopted Resolutions Booklet

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Join Us to Discuss Coal’s Continuing Vital Role

October 26 | Zoom Video | 9-12:10 p.m.

Please plan to join us on Oct. 26 for the Southern States Energy Board’s Committee on Clean Coal Energy Policies and Technologies online-only joint meeting with the Metallurgical Coal Producer’s Association (MCPA) where we will learn about the development and implementation of programs and projects that stimulate the use of the region’s clean coal resources for American energy sustainability and worldwide benefit.

This event is our 41st held in conjunction with MCPA and predecessor organizations. Over the course of our three-hour time frame, we will feature presentations and lectures from the U.S. Senate, international industry leaders, the U.S. Department of Energy, academic experts, trade associations, as well as Q & A sessions!

Confirmed Speakers

The Honorable Shelly Moore-Capito, U.S. Senator, West Virginia;

The Honorable Steve Winberg, Assistant Secretary, Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy;

David Stetson, Chair, MCPA and Contura Energy;

Kevin Dempsey, CEO, American Iron and Steel Institute;

Charles McConnell, Executive Director, Carbon Management and Sustainability, University of Houston;

Rich Nolan, President and CEO, National Mining Association;

Jack Richardson, COO, Warrior Met Coal;

Janet Gellici, CEO, National Coal Council; and

Kenneth Nemeth, Secretary, Southern States Energy Board

The event will be held via Zoom, and it’s free to participate. Please click the button below to register now.

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SSEB Awarded $3.5 Million Project to Accelerate Clean Coal and Carbon Management Technologies

The Southern States Energy Board was awarded a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy to support and enhance the agency’s mission of helping the United States meet its need for secure, affordable, and environmentally sound fossil energy supplies.

The grant continues the work of the Board’s Committee on Clean Coal Energy Policies and Technologies by convening the region’s governors and legislative leaders within the SSEB region, state agencies, universities, utilities, regulatory bodies, the private sector, and non-profit organizations to foster and facilitate communication, education, and outreach on fossil energy-related topics.

The committee analyzes issues impacting the domestic and international commercial deployment of advanced power generation, power plant efficiency, water management, and carbon dioxide (CO2) capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies by expanding the value chain for coal and coal by-products with an emphasis on public policy.

SSEB also initiated a new collaborative effort with the University of Houston’s Center for Carbon Management in Energy (CCME) to create a public-private consortium of experts to promote the rapid and transformative deployment of CCUS technologies.

The SSEB and CCME effort focuses beyond the research and development phase of technology development and centers on the commercial deployment needs of industry.

“The Office of Fossil Energy is glad to continue our partnership with the Southern States Energy Board,” said Steven Winberg, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). “We applaud SSEB’s association with the University of Houston to focus on commercial deployment of CCUS projects. The American taxpayer has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in R&D; the time has come for CCUS to be deployed by private industry.”

“The initiative brings together the findings and lessons learned from SSEB’s leadership of the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership program, the Regional Initiatives for CCUS, and a dedicated support team co-located in Houston that is fundamental for commercialization acceleration,” said Kenneth J. Nemeth, SSEB’s Secretary and Executive Director. “SSEB and CCME will work with industry to address a full range of early technology deployment risks through this public-private partnership,” he said.

“The advancement of CCUS technologies and the structure of projects within DOE’s Carbon Management Program portfolio have provided great foundational work at early and late stages of development in CO2 capture, utilization systems, and geologic storage,” said Charles McConnell, Executive Director of the University of Houston’s CCME. “Pilots and demonstrations in several of the key partnerships have led to early-stage commercial deployments, but this is a recognition that greater emphasis and alignment with industry on commercialization challenges and opportunities is required to accelerate the broad deployment of CCUS in the marketplace,” he said.

Through the SSEB and CCME partnership, there will be an increased emphasis in stakeholder engagement and workforce development focused on public, industry, and university education, as well as outreach opportunities directly supporting commercial CCUS deployment.

“Access to reliable clean coal technology supports economic development and job growth,” Winberg said. “There is a bright future for 21st century coal.”