Grothen Appointed to PRB Coal Users' Group Board of Directors

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Mr. Grant Grothen has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the PRB Coal Users’ Group, a not-for-profit organization with affiliation to the Asian Sub-Bituminous Coal Users’ Group and the Philippine Coal Plant User Group, forming the world’s largest coal users network.

Mr. Grothen is a Principal for Burns & McDonnell Engineering, a $2.5 billion USD international engineering company with decades of experience building fossil and renewable power plants around the world. Mr. Grothen has over 25 years of electric utility experience including coal, gas, nuclear and renewable generation. In the power market, he currently leads business units for international, AQCS, and CCR/Water & Wastewater. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska, a Master’s of Business Administration from University of Missouri Kansas City and is a registered Professional Engineer.

In his role as Director, Mr. Grothen’s invaluable experience throughout the world supports the PRB Coal Users’ Group mission to help those who use this valuable resource do so safely and efficiently by identifying best industry practices, developing recommended practices and serving as a resource to help others.

“Mr. Grothen is on the leading edge for continual improvements in the power generating industry and his knowledge aids our members all over the world to learn and to be successful,” says Bill Konefes, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The PRB Coal Users’ Group is a nonprofit organization formed in 2000 to promote the safe, efficient and economic use of Powder River Basin (sub-bituminous) coal by generating companies that currently use, or are considering the use of, PRB coals.

To help meet this objective, the Board of Directors has elected to address key issues and to exchange experiences—especially in the area of safety. Over the past 16 years, they have hosted an annual meeting co-located with the ELECTRIC POWER Conference and Exhibition where candid discussion is encouraged.

The Users’ Group also develops a series of recommended practices to encourage maximum safety when utilizing this valuable low-sulfur fuel. Members have access to power plants consuming sub-bituminous coal, conference papers from past meetings, an industry on-line discussion forum and other services.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Robert D. Taylor at +1.812.629.4421 or email at rdtaylor8880(at)att(dot)net.

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