February 4, 2005
12:00 AM
Washington, D.C. – The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee today issued guidelines for the Future of Coal Conference to be held on March 10 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Dirksen 106. The guidelines are below. These guidelines will be posted on the committee website on Monday. The deadline for submissions has been moved from February 14 to February 16 by 5 p.m. Submissions must be submitted electronically to Directions for Submittals: The four topics below delineate the expected areas of discussion. A general question under each topic heading is provided only to help frame responses. Proposals may be for near or long-term solutions and may be directed at federal, state or private actions. Address any one or more of the listed topics. Do not renumber or rearrange the order of the topics. If you wish to address an issue that is not listed, please add that topic to the end of the designated list as a separate Word document. The Four Topics for Discussion: Coal Consumption: What are the likely future scenarios for the role of coal-fired generation in the U.S.? Environmental: What are the environmental and regulatory challenges associated with the future use of coal for power generation? Financial and Technological Improvements: What technological improvements in coal use are most important to pursue? What financial and/or regulatory mechanisms are necessary to bring these technological improvements to market? Transportation: What improvements in existing transportation or transmission infrastructure are needed to improve the use of coal for power generation? Conference Submittal Rules: • Limit your response to no more than 5 single-spaced pages per question topic. • Submit your response to each question topic as a separate Word document. (Separating your responses into single Word documents will make review and web posting of selected proposals much less difficult.) • Include your name and association at the top of each page of your responses. • Use 12-point Times New Roman font. Please provide a one-page executive summary of your entire submission as a separate Word Document with the following contact information at the top of the page: Submitter’s Name/Association:_______________________ Contact:___________________________________________ Email:_____________________________________________ Phone:_____________________________________________ Additional charts, graphics, or specific legislative language are also welcome and may be attached as a separate appendix (beyond the 5-page limit) to the responses. All submitted proposals must adhere to the above rules. Submittals that do not will be returned to senders. These rules are necessary to facilitate the review of the submittals by the senators and staff and to allow for posting of selected answers to the Committee website. Staff contacts for the conference are John Peschke and Jennifer Michael. All submittals will be reviewed; however, only a limited number of participants can be invited to participate in the conference. The limitation is necessary to manage the meeting and permit a useful exchange of ideas. All efforts will be made to ensure that a variety of stakeholders and recommendations are represented. Those whose submissions are selected for discussion at the conference will be notified by Feb. 22. All proposals to be discussed at the meeting will be posted in advance on the Committee website at Chairman Domenici will lead and moderate the conference. Other members of the Senate Energy Committee may be in attendance. The meeting will be open to the public and media.