Classes of Membership

Class "A" Member

A Class "A" Member shall be a cooperative entity, corporate entity or public agency that has entered into a coal purchase agreement with WFA to purchase in excess of 650,000 tons of coal per year at one or more plants and has executed an "All Requirements Commitment." Tonnage requirements subject to change from time to time.

Each Class A Member shall be represented on the Board of Directors by two Directors.

Class "B" Member

A Class "B" Member is a cooperative entity, corporate entity or public agency that has entered into a coal purchase agreement with WFA to purchase at least 650,000 tons of coal per year at one or more plants. Tonnage requirements subject to change from time to time.

Each Class B member shall be represented on the Board of Directors by one Director

Class "C" Member

A Class "C" Member is a cooperative entity, corporate entity or public agency that does not have a coal purchase agreement with WFA or that has a coal purchase agreement, but takes less than 650,000 ton of coal per year. All Class"C" Members that do not have a coal purchase agreement with WFA shall pay a membership fee of $500.00 per year.

Membership Benefits

Coal Purchasing

  • Bid solicitation, evaluation and contract negotiations
  • Contract administration
  • Scale calibration and sampler bias testing
  • Market analysis/coal sourcing studies
  • Accounting and auditing

Coal Mine Development

  • Contracting and on-site management of drilling programs
  • Geology, coal quality and reserve evaluation
  • Mine engineering, planning and feasibility studies
  • Mine capital and operation cost estimates
  • Land acquisition
  • Permitting
  • Market and transportation analysis

Coal Transportation

  • Bid solicitation, evaluation and contract negotiations
  • Contract administration
  • Train scheduling
  • Railcar ownership and leasing
  • Railcar maintenance
  • Railroad construction/build-out studies/cost analyses
  • Accounting, rail property taxes and insurance

Coal Mining

  • Management and supervision
  • Life-of-mine planning
  • Mine surveying
  • Permitting
  • Reserve acquisition
  • Insurance
  • Bonding
  • Liaison with government agencies
  • Reclamation

Special Projects

  • Project management for design of mine facilities and railroads
  • Project management for constructing mines and railroads
  • Power-plant siting studies

Stockpile Inventory Services

  • Up-to-Date Industry Information Databases and Records
  • Library Resources for Conducting Research
  • Increased Purchasing Power for all Western Fuels Association Members
  • Representation of Members’ Interests through Trade Organization Membership