Will Depart After 17 Years at Helm
WASHINGTON – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity announced today that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen L. Miller, will retire later this year, after more than 17 years as head of the organization.
Miller has served as the organization’s only full-time president and CEO since its creation. During his tenure, ACCCE has significantly expanded its responsibilities. Originally, the organization engaged solely in government relations on behalf of the coal-fueled electricity industry at the regional, state and local levels. ACCCE now also carries out its mission through federal governmental relations, policy analysis and development, as well as an integrated, national communications campaign. In 2010, the American Association of Independent Political Consultants recognized ACCCE as national “Grand Marketer of the Year” in the policy category.
“For the past 17 years, Steve Miller has done an outstanding job in leading ACCCE and articulating the importance of coal as a primary source of reliable, affordable energy in the United States. Everyone associated with ACCCE thanks Steve for his service and wishes him well in the future,” said Norfolk Southern Railway CEO and ACCCE Board Chair Wick Moorman. ”The ACCCE board will conduct a thorough search to find the right candidate to serve as ACCCE’s next president and CEO.”
“I have been proud to lead ACCCE as we have taken our message to policymakers and the American people that coal—our nation’s most abundant domestically-produced fuel—must play a vital role in our energy future,” Miller said. “I have been blessed to have the strong support of our members and outstanding contributions from my staff colleagues through the years. I am committed to working with the Board and my successor to ensure a seamless transition.”
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Letter to EPA Cites Damage of Proposed New Source Performance Standards
WASHINGTON – A bipartisan letter signed by 221 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and led by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-GA), called on the Obama Administration to stop the EPA’s latest effort to impose new greenhouse gas rules on electric utilities.
“When a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives calls on the Obama Administration to put a stop to another EPA regulation that will drive up energy costs for families and businesses, it’s time for the EPA to start listening,” said Evan Tracey, Senior Vice President, Communications, of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. “The EPA continues to push regulations that will hurt the economy. Despite an economic recession, an unacceptable unemployment rate and families that are struggling against escalating energy costs, the EPA is once again pushing for expensive new rules. We support sensible steps to improve the environment, but it’s high time for Office of Management and Budget to stop another bad EPA rule before its too late.”
The majority of the U.S. House who signed the letter to the Office of Management and Budget said that EPA would force the use of unproven technologies and send thousands of U.S. jobs overseas. To see the full letter, please click here.