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Welcome from the CEO

As we enter our 42nd year as Western Fuels Association, we reflect on the first 40 years.  Over the years, the coal supply chain has experienced a number of obstacles and has prevailed.  Coal is abundant, affordable and reliable, and will continue to be a part of the electric generation mix for many years to come.

The coal fired electric power industry has had the unique history of increasing output by approximately 350% over the last 40 years while decreasing emissions by over 90%.  This is an accomplishment by the industry that should be applauded. As technology becomes available, emissions reductions will continue.  History has proven that affordable, reliable electricity adds longevity and quality of life to those fortunate enough to benefit from its availability.

In 2014, the U.S. Coal Fleet supplied 38% of the electric generation in the US, and despite opposition from environmental extremists, is expected to continue to provide 40% of the electric generation well into the future.

Western Fuels Association is a cooperative enterprise operating on a not-for-profit basis to provide fuel supply chain management and other services for the generation of electricity by consumer owned utilities. We believe in strength in numbers, our member-owners are rural electric generation and transmission cooperatives, municipal utilities and other public power entities strive to provide low cost electric power to their respective customers.  To date, Western Fuels Association has shipped over 500 million tons of coal on behalf of its members.

Western Fuels Association is well positioned to expand the reach of our fuel chain management services to include new members from not just the public power sector, but also investor owned utilities and industrial consumers of coal.

We appreciate your interest in Western Fuels Association and welcome you to our website.

Meri Sandlin 
CEO and General Manager