At the annual meeting of the National Coal Council (NCC), Ramaco Coal Chairman and Chief Executive Randall Atkins was elected as the organization's vice chairman for the remainder of the year and chairman-elect for 2020.
Atkins was originally appointed to the NCC by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in 2017.
Ramaco Coal LLC is the holding company for various coal-related entities operating under the Ramaco name. These include the NASDAQ-listed company Ramaco Resources Inc., a Central Appalachian metallurgical coal producer, as well as Ramaco Carbon, a private company based in Wyoming that is pursuing the development of "coal to products," in which the carbon within coal is extracted for manufacturing purposes.
The NCC is a federal advisory committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy. Established in 1984, it provides support and recommendations to the Secretary of Energy on policy matters relating to coal and the coal industry.
Atkins is a member of the NCC's executive committee and chairs a task force authoring a report for Perry on advanced uses for coal, including in the manufacture of many forms of carbon products and materials. The report is titled "Coal in a New Carbon Age: Powering a Wave of Innovation in Advanced Products and Manufacturing." It will be delivered to Perry in June.
In July 2018, Atkins testified in Washington, D.C., before the U.S. House of Representatives' Natural Resource Committee on the same subject, in a presentation titled "Assessing Alternative Uses of Coal."
Atkins has been involved in energy-related investment, management and financing for more than 35 years.