Becoming a Member of the Western Fuels Association

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 1,000,000 tons of coal per year at one or more plants and has executed an "All Requirements Commitment."

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 1,000,000 tons of coal per year at one or more plants.

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 1,000,000 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