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JUN 2018

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10 June 2018 news continued federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Hamil- ton County produced 6.1 million tons last year and first-quarter production was not immediately available. Ports of Indiana is a statewide authority managing three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. It was established in 1961. Business activities at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon sup- port more than 7,000 jobs and generate in excess of $1 billion in annual economic impact for the state, including $348 million in wages and $33 million in state and local taxes each year. The Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville saw a 3.1% increase in the first quarter, mainly because of higher fertilizer, liquid bulk and salt shipments. The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor saw a slight de- crease in shipments year to date. Empire District Electric Will Not Retire Asbury Plant This Year Missouri regulators in June held the fate of Empire District Elec- tric's 1970s-vintage Asbury coal-burning power plant in their hands after the Joplin-based utility and several other parties sub- mitted a stipulation for a scaled-down wind energy purchase plan to the Public Service Commission (PSC). If the PSC accepts the proposal, Empire will buy only 600 mega- watts (MW) of wind energy, as opposed to the previous 800 MW, and the 198-MW Asbury plant near the Missouri-Kansas border will con- tinue operating for an unspecified number of years. At the urging of its Canadian parent, Algonquin Power & Utilities, Empire had intended to retire Asbury this year — about 15 years earlier than previously planned. Algonquin, which pur- chased Empire two years ago, has an ownership interest in about 1,500 MW of renewable energy, including 1,050 MW of wind. Its wind assets are in Illinois, Iowa and other U.S. states. But Algonquin and Empire received considerable pushback from several parties, including the Missouri Office of Public Counsel and the city of Joplin, which was concerned about losing 55 good-paying power plant jobs. Empire has invested heavily in pollution controls at the plant in recent years, including spending $100 million on environmental im- provements less than four years ago. Asbury is expected to need addi- tional investments over the next few years if it remains in operation. Hampton Williams, the public counsel, said in a May 31 brief filed with the PSC that no one disputes Empire "is providing safe Duke Energy announced two ex- ecutive appointments, including Harry Sideris, currently president of Duke Energy Florida, as senior vice president and chief distribu- tion officer for the company. Sid- eris succeeds Michael Lewis, who will retire effective June 30 after a 30-year career in the industry. Catherine Stempien, currently senior vice president of corporate development, will succeed Sideris as Florida state president. The World Coal Association appointed Glenn Kellow, president and CEO of Peabody, as chairman. Kellow has more than 30 years of experience in the global resources industry. He joined Peabody in September 2013 and in 2015 was appointed president and CEO. Kellow has held chief executive leadership, operat- ing or financial roles in global businesses in coal, copper, nickel, aluminium, steel, oil and gas. Kellow replaces Mick Buffier of Glencore whose term as WCA chairman came to an end in May. The Coal Authority appointed Lisa Pinney as its new chief executive. She takes over from Philip Lawrence, who has been chief executive of the non-departmen- tal public body for the past 11 years. Pinney joins the Coal Authority from the Environment Agency where she was most recently director of the West Midlands Area. The Coal Authority is an executive non-depart- mental public body, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in the U.K. Telsmith hired Dave Noggle as regional sales man- ager covering Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona and Wyoming. Eriez announced the promotion of John Blicha to the newly created position of director of global marketing and communications. Blicha joined Eriez in 2012 as manager of marketing communications and served most recently as director of corporate communications. The ALL Family of Companies has promoted Sam Moyer to general manager of ALL Tower Crane LLC. Moyer takes the reins from Clay Thoreson who has re- tired after a long career in the crane business that spanned parts of five decades. Moyer shared a special relationship with Thoreson, who hired Moyer as an application engineer in 2014. John J. Sammarco, Ph.D., is a finalist for a pres- tigious Service to America medal — common- ly known as a "Sammie." He's nominated in the Career Achievement category for his exceptional record of public service. Winners will be announced at the nonprofit's annual gala on October 2. An electrical engineer by training, Dr. Sammarco and has focused his work on improving the challeng- ing lighting conditions in underground mines. His most recent work has produced a number of game-changing lighting innovations to improve visibility and reduce glare, thereby making it easier for workers to see hazards around them. His first innovative lighting technology was an improved light-emitting di- ode (LED) cap lamp design, which offers a more intense spot beam and overall broader light coverage than previous cap lamp designs. It's turned out to be an overwhelming success. Sammarco has also used LEDs to develop an innovative machine-mounted device called the Saturn area light that cuts glare, improves visibility, and helps workers see hazards more readily. More area light designs are also in the works. m p e o p l e i n t h e n e w s Harry Sideris Catherine Stempien Glenn Kellow John Blicha Lisa Pinney Dave Noggle Sam Moyer John J. Sammarco

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