U.S Energy Secretary appoints UW engineer to National Coal Council

The coal world is in turmoil with a new federal lease moratorium and bankruptcies from big players. Wyoming contributes heavily to the industry, and now will have one more representative in the national debate. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has appointed the director of the University of Wyoming’s Carbon Management Institute to serve as a member of the National Coal Council, a federal advisory group that provides recommendations and guidance on policy issues pertaining to coal. Kipp Coddington, a chemical engineer and lawyer who began his work in the School of Energy Resources (SER) in 2015, was appointed this month. “I am appointing you to represent the viewpoints of universities engaged in the study of markets, economics, policies and strategies for coal use,” Moniz wrote to Coddington. “In the coming months, the work of the council will be extremely important to the nation; and I am certain you will find your association with this organization both challenging and productive.” The National Coal Council is a private, nonprofit advisory body chartered by the U.S. secretary of energy in 1984 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Council members reflect diverse interests, including business, industry and academia. Coddington is the second person from UW appointed to the council. Maohong Fan, SER professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Science’s Department of Chemical Engineering, was named to the council in fall 2014. “I’m delighted to receive this appointment to help provide the secretary of energy with perspectives on markets, economics, policies and strategies for coal use,” Coddington says. “The university is doing important research on key carbon-management technologies, touching upon topics from geologic sequestration to carbon engineering. This appointment recognizes UW’s role as a leader in this research.” *Feature photo provided by Wyoming Mining Association.* #buckrail #reboot #county10 #springcity #dally #oilcity #county17 #shortgo #news