MAGNOLIA – The Natural Resource Research Center at Southern Arkansas University will host a mobile classroom from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, directly in front of the University Science Center. The visit will be a part of ACCCE’s national “Clean Coal Technology. It Works.” tour.
Tours of the classroom will be free, and the public is invited to attend.
The 44-foot mobile classroom is equipped with videos and computers teeming with information on how clean coal technology is benefiting Arkansans. Coal generates almost half of Arkansas’s electricity and is by far the state’s largest provider of electricity.
Clean coal technology refers to many different technologies that exist, or are being developed, to reduce air emissions from coal-fueled power plants. Since 1970, emissions of major pollutants from coal-fueled power plants have been reduced by 84% per unit of electricity generated.
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity is a non-profit, non-partisan partnership of companies involved in producing electricity from coal. Because coal is America’s most abundant energy resource, ACCCE supports energy policies that balance coal’s vital role in meeting our country’s growing need for affordable and reliable electricity with the need to protect the environment. ACCCE also advocates for the development and deployment of advanced clean coal technologies that will produce electricity with near-zero emissions. For more information, visit www.cleancoalusa.org or www.americaspower.org
The Natural Resource Research Center at Southern Arkansas University will serve as an engine for economic growth in south Arkansas by providing state-of-the-art research facilities dedicated to studying lignite, oil, bromine, and other natural resources found in the region. The research in the NRRC will be conducted by SAU faculty and students, giving them the opportunity to perform high-quality studies that could not previously take place on our campus.
Funded by a grant from the United States Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and the University, the NRRC will also help carry out the mission of the Arkansas Lignite Resources Pilot Program. This program was created by the Arkansas General Assembly in 2007.