Heavy Reliance on Clean Coal. Taylor Pensoneau, Illinois Coal Association, Springfield, Illinois 62701; Michael P. Murphy, Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, Springfield, Illinois 62701; Roger Dennison, Turris Coal Company, Elkhart, Illinois 62634

The Illinois Coal Association is the professional trade organization responsible for the promotion of Illinois coal, a natural resource found in great abundance in Illinois. To carry out its mission, the Springfield-based Association represents the coal industry in the state in governmental affairs, in public relations and in related matters. Through the Association, companies producing coal in Illinois deal with issues affecting production with a single unified voice.

The Association is a not-for-profit corporation-incorporated under Illinois law in 1878-that operates under policies set by the organization's Board of Directors, comprised of executives of the coal mining firms operating in the state. The chairman of the Board in 2001 is Roger Dennison, the president and general manager of Turris Coal Company at Elkhart, Illinois. The Association's member companies produce about 98 percent of the coal mined in Illinois.

Day-to-day operations of the Association are directed by a full-time president Taylor Pensoneau, whose duties include the coordination of relations between the Illinois coal mining industry and the various state agencies regulating the industry or interacting with it in some other way.

The Illinois Resource Development and Energy Security Act was signed into law by Governor Ryan on June 22, 2001. Included in the new law is a $3.5 billion incentive package to encourage construction of base load electric generating capacity and create new coal mining jobs. The three main incentive components include: 1) financial assistance for new coal-fired electric generating capacity, 2) "High Impact Business" designation for base load electric generating plants and new mines, and 3) $3.0 billion in revenue bond financing for power plants, scrubbers, and alternative energy sources. Many elements of the financial incentive program will be administered through the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs.

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