Clean coal technology is constantly evolving. We’re continually making use of this natural resource more efficient. I recently had the opportunity to tour the Prairie State Energy Campus for Designing Spaces: Think Green.
The episode is centered around the latest technologies and developments the coal-based electricity industry has been using to make this plant one of the most efficient and low emissions producing coal-fueled power plants in the nation.
Prairie State Energy Campus is the largest coal-fueled power plant today. It produces more than 7 million tons of coal a year, with the plant’s first unit currently producing 800 megawatts of power.
The War on Coal continues. As President Obama and Mitt Romney are campaigning, the EPA continues to wage a war on the affordable, reliable electricity that America needs. In their campaigns, both candidates have put their focus on the swing state of Ohio, home to dozens of companies and thousands of employees who work to power the country using coal-based electricity.
We took to Ohio to ask people what they thought about the EPA’s actions, and what should be done about it. In our polling, we found that Ohioans were almost monolithic in their opinion.
You may be following our partnership with JR Motorsports over on Facebook. Today, we’re proud to feature a guest post from JRM’s own Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
One thing I love about being a part of NASCAR is getting to travel around the country and learning about each state that I get to race in. This weekend, the JR Motorsports team and the 88 Clean Coal Chevy will be racing in the Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
Being partners with America’s Power has really opened my eyes to how important coal is to many states across the country. It’s affordable, abundant, and it’s ours.
See me behind the scenes with the America’s Power team here:
I know that the economy can be iffy these days; it’s difficult for people to find work and to worry about keeping the lights on in their homes. Being a small business owner myself, I can also relate to companies that worry about the hit they’ll take because of their energy bills. As I’ve learned, though, by including coal as a strong part of our energy mix, America can have affordable, abundant power. That means people in Kentucky, and across the country, can stay working and keep their electricity bills low.
Just look at Kentucky. The state gets 93 percent of its power from coal. This is how the state maintains some of the least expensive power in the nation.
Cole Whitt and the No. 88 Clean Coal Chevrolet will be promoting the very resource that is keeping the lights on at the Kentucky Speedway. I hope you’ll join me in cheering on Cole and coal in the Bluegrass State.
Lisa Camooso Miller Vice President
Lisa Camooso Miller is ACCCE's vice president for media relations. She oversees ACCCE's earned media implementation and strategic planning and appears regularly in print, radio and on national television. For more than 15 years, Lisa has been a notable communications leader in public affairs, holding key positions in local, state and federal government, political campaigns and committees, as well as advocacy organizations. She is a native of Wayside, New Jersey, and holds an M.A. in corporate and public communications from Monmouth University, and a B.A. in communications from The College of New Jersey. Lisa and her husband Jason have two children and live in Northern Virginia.
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Bianca Prade Vice President
Bianca Prade is ACCCE's vice president of digital strategy, and leads new and traditional media strategies to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of coal-based electricity. She has more than a decade of communications and marketing experience, launching and maintaining interactive Web content for major corporations, trade associations and government agencies. Bianca lives with her husband and two children in Northern Virginia. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland at College Park and an M.A. in interactive communications from American University.
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Robert M. "Mike" Duncan President & CEO
Mike Duncan is the president and CEO for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the use of coal – a proven American energy source that keeps electricity affordable and reliable for millions of American families and businesses. In this role, he leads ACCCE’s efforts to keep coal at the forefront of energy policy in America and informs and educates for coal in Congress, statehouses and in communities all across the country.
He comes to ACCCE with a background and commitment to coal and clean coal technology. Serving on the campaigns of five U.S. presidents and working with elected officials at every level and in all political parties, he has served as board member and chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority; assistant director of the Office of Public Liaison in The White House; chairman of the American Crossroads 527 committee; and chairman of the Republican National Committee. He has served in various roles with the U.S.-China High Level Political Party Leaders Dialogue, the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and the Center for Rural Development.
Duncan is chairman and CEO of the Inez Deposit Bank in Eastern Kentucky and has served with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Cincinnati branch and the Kentucky Bankers Association. A resident of the Bluegrass State of Kentucky, he holds degrees from Cumberland College and the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Evan Tracey Former Senior Vice President for Communications
Evan is Senior Vice President for Communications, overseeing the strategy on how to communicate the importance of electricity from coal and the value of investments in clean coal technology. Tracey has served as president of Campaign Media Analysis Group, a Kantar Media company, since he founded the company in 1997. He has two decades of political, legislative and issue research experience and has provided strategic media analysis for a number of trade associations, foundations, Fortune 500 companies, political party committees, the national press, academic institutions, as well as hundreds of national, statewide and local political campaigns. He received a M.A. from George Mason University and a B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Tracey lives with his wife and 3 children in Virginia.
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Steve Gates Former Director
Steve Gates, as ACCCE’s national communications director, helps direct the industry’s national media campaigns and digital communications efforts. He has more than 15 years of media relations experience in a variety of settings including Capitol Hill press secretary, as well as directing media and outreach programs for international trade associations, the Fortune 200 and federal government programs. Steve lives with his wife, a coal miner’s daughter, and three children in Omaha, Nebraska. Steve graduated with a B.S. in political science from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in public communications from American University in Washington, D.C.
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