McKinley, Coal Caucus Members Host Meeting with DOE Assistant Secretary Steve Winberg

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Washington, December 5, 2019 | comments
This morning, the Congressional Coal Caucus led by Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (R-WV) hosted a meeting with special guest Steve Winberg, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy (DOE). The discussion covered a wide range of topics from innovative technologies in the coal space to rare earth minerals.

“Our nation is at a fork in the road, we can abandon carbon-based fuels, or use an innovation-focused approach to lower emissions. Assistant Secretary Winberg reiterated to us that DOE has no plans to abandon coal and is working to use innovation to make coal plants more efficient, and cost-effective, all while lowering emissions,” Congressman McKinley said. “We are elated that DOE not only shares our vision, but understands the importance of coal, and the challenges facing the industry. The members of the caucus look forward to working with him on a wide range of issues.”

“It was great to meet with Assistant Secretary Winberg this morning to discuss coal production across the country, and specifically in Wyoming. Thanks to policies implemented by the Trump Administration, domestic energy development has increased, and we have fought to reverse many of the devastating impacts of President Obama’s war on fossil fuels,” House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) said. “I’m also very pleased about the latest announcements that the Department of Energy will be working with the University of Wyoming to develop new and innovative ways to build on our successful energy record and expand opportunities even further. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Assistant Secretary Winberg on improving opportunities for domestic energy development in Wyoming and thank President Trump for continuing to fight for the best interest of our state.” 

A few of the topics discussed at today’s meeting were:

  • Implementing the Coal FIRST (Flexible, Integrated, Resilient, Small, Transformative) initiative: research and development into small-scale modular coal plants with near-zero emissions
  • Improving the performance, reliability, and efficiency of the existing coal-fired fleet
  • Reducing the cost and risk of carbon capture for commercial deployment
  • Creating new market opportunities for coal
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