The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a well-funded coal industry lobby group, is completing a strategic review begun earlier this year. ACCCE’s president, Steve Miller, says his group will be more oriented toward lobbying and policy development in DC as a result. The organization will soon announce related personnel changes and realignments, Miller recently told energy information service Platts.
We went into the federal arena for the first time in the spring of 2008 and we are still building up our internal policy shop to better meet the needs … because we are doing more and more in federal legislation and now even more in the federal regulatory realm. We anticipated this need for more federal involvement, particularly in the federal regulatory realm.
ACCCE plans to press its case for coal with federal decision-makers much as it has done in states. For example, lobbyists for ACCCE have been actively involved in opposition to Iowa’s proposed coal ash regulations and clean energy measures at the statehouse. Representing three dozen companies that produce and use coal, the group started in the 1990s to promote coal-fired electricity to state law and policymakers and resist any attempts to regulate coal more tightly at any stage of its extraction, combustion and disposal. ACCCE shifted focus in 2008 to include the federal government. It lobbied fiercely against capping greenhouse gases as legislative and rulemaking efforts got underway in Congress and at EPA.
An annual budget of $45 million to $50 million includes heavy spending on advertising, including omnipresent Google ads. The group will direct more funding at state and federal policy development on both the state and federal level, plus federal lobbying and advertising. ACCCE’s staff of 24 may be reduced by two or three as the organization streamlines its work. Current staff include three federal policy staffers and four regional vice presidents.