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U.S. Energy Secretary Appoints UW’s Coddington to National Coal Council

January 20, 2016
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Kipp Coddington, director of UW’s Carbon Management Institute, has been appointed to the National Coal Council. (UW Photo)

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.

UW President Dick McGinity says having two of the university’s experts named to the National Coal Council illustrates UW’s leadership in efforts to make coal a cleaner fuel source while creating new markets for coal through carbon engineering.

“UW truly is committed to research that has relevance and impact on the Wyoming economy, while seeking solutions for the world’s energy challenges,” McGinity says. “It’s wonderful to have UW voices involved in advising the nation’s top energy official on key issues concerning coal.”

Coddington, an international expert in regulation and policy that pertain to energy and carbon management, came to UW after a distinguished career in Washington, D.C., advising fossil and renewable energy companies in addressing some of their most challenging energy, environmental and climate issues. He has guided complex infrastructure projects making beneficial use of carbon dioxide, and monetizing carbon dioxide reductions through market mechanisms.

As one of SER’s centers of excellence, the Carbon Management Institute researches a broad range of solutions to mitigate carbon emission including capture, utilization and storage, as well as advanced conversion technologies.

“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.”

Coddington chairs the committee within the International Organization for Standardization that is drafting the world’s first technical standard for carbon dioxide storage during enhanced oil recovery. He also co-led the formation of, and still represents, the North American Carbon Capture and Storage Association, an assembly of senior energy company executives that addresses carbon management topics.

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