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ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 7, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ ----Conference Programming Includes Keynotes and Presentations focused on Clean Coal Technologies, Energy Cost Concerns, Energy Security and the Environment

A full slate of expert speakers highlights the agenda of the upcoming Arkansas Clean Coal Technology Conference in Hope, Arkansas. The conference details Arkansas' role in the development and deployment of advanced clean coal technologies as well as the associated environmental, economic and public policy concerns. The event runs July 17 -18, 2008.

The Arkansas Clean Coal Technology Conference features two high-profile keynoters, Former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Congressman Mike Ross (D-AR). Gephardt takes the stage on Thursday evening, July 17, to discuss national energy security issues. Rep. Ross leads off Friday morning with a presentation on federal initiatives in support of clean coal technology and the opportunities available for Arkansas.

Day one of the conference revolves around coal as a fuel for the future with emphasis on advanced coal generation, technology development, emissions reductions, carbon capture and storage and Arkansas energy resources. Thursday presenters include Stu Dalton from the Electric Power Research Institute; Monty Jasper from American Electric Power; Dr. Claude Baker from Southern Arkansas University's Lignite Research Institute; Nick Harbilas from Siemens Power Generation Inc.; and Frank McMullen from Union Pacific Railroad.

Thursday's program also features a panel titled "What to do about Greenhouse Gasses" moderated by Colette Honorable, interim chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Panelists are Nancy Mohn from Alstom Power and Bekki White, Arkansas' state geologist.

On Friday morning, following the keynote by Rep. Ross and his introduction by State Senator Barbara Horn, the program takes aim at the economics of coal-based electricity generation and new energy opportunities in the south. Friday speakers include Morry Davis from Peabody Energy and the American Association of Blacks in Energy; Jeff Sanford from the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce; Nick Brown from the Southwest Power Pool; Ken Nemeth from the Southern States Energy Board; Mike Smith from the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission; and Arkansas State Rep. Bubba Powers.

Two panels on Friday focus on the public policy efforts elements essential to preserving the reliability, affordability and security of Arkansas' energy future. First, Sandy Hochstetter from the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. leads a discussion with Commissioner David Ziegner from the Indiana Utility Regulatory on making clean coal technology a reality. Immediately following, Arkansas State Rep. Nathan George moderates a panel on the challenges of clean coal policy featuring fellow state legislators Rep. Carl Holmes from Kansas; Sen. David Myers from Oklahoma; and Rep. Rick Hardcastle from Texas.

Sponsored by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), the Center for Legislative Energy and Environmental Research (CLEER) and the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB), the Arkansas Clean Coal Technology Conference will take place on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope in the Johnny Rapert Library Conference.

For more details, including registration information and a full agenda, please visit


The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) is a non-profit, non-partisan partnership of companies involved in producing electricity from coal. Because coal is America's most abundant energy resource, ACCCE supports energy policies that balance coal's vital role in meeting our country's growing need for affordable and reliable electricity with the need to protect the environment. ACCCE also advocates for the development and deployment of advanced clean coal technologies that will produce electricity with near-zero emissions. Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, ACCCE can be found on the Web at or

SOURCE American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity

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