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EERC Mike Holmes Lignite Energy CouncilThe Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) congratulates Mike Holmes, former Director of Energy Systems Development, who recently joined the Lignite Energy Council (LEC) as Vice President of Research and Development.

Holmes worked at the EERC for more than 15 years building successful programs in fossil energy research. During that time, he received LEC’s Distinguished Service Awards for both Government Action Program (Regulatory) (2005) and Research and Development (2003). His areas of expertise include CO2 capture; fuel processing; gasification systems for coproduction of hydrogen, fuels, and chemicals with electricity; process development and economics for advanced energy systems; and emission control (air toxics, SO2, NOx, H2S, and particulate technologies).

“We greatly appreciate Mike’s time here at the EERC and his dedicated work advancing innovative solutions in fossil energy,” said EERC CEO Tom Erickson. “While we are sad to see him go, this isn’t good-bye for long—we very much look forward to working with him in his new position. LEC has long been a key strategic partner, and this will lead to even more opportunities in the future.”

In his new role, Holmes will lead LEC’s R&D program, which partners the state and the lignite industry to demonstrate how lignite facilities can be cleaner and more efficient. A major emphasis has been placed on projects to reduce nitrogen oxides, mercury, and carbon dioxide from plant emissions. This work provides LEC members with a central focus for innovation and expertise that can be shared among companies.

The LEC’s R&D program also helps maintain jobs and increases economic activity and tax revenue to state and local government entities. In addition to R&D, studies regarding the market size for lignite-based products, such as beneficiated lignite, provide value to the lignite industry.