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John Harju
University of North Dakota (UND) Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC)’s John Harju has been invited by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to serve as a member of the National Coal Council (NCC). Harju is the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at the EERC. NCC is one of three federal advisory committees that provide recommendations for U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy programs and policies.

NCC’s principal activity is to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Energy on matters relating to coal and the coal industry. It is a nonprofit advisory group chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) enacted in 1972. Expert members are appointed by the Secretary of Energy and serve in a voluntary capacity. There are around 90 committee members. Brian Kalk, Director of Energy Systems Development at the EERC, is also a member, having been appointed in his prior capacity as one of North Dakota’s Public Service Commissioners.   

“It is an honor to be invited by the Secretary, as well as the balance of the NCC membership, to serve,” says Harju.

Harju is also a member of the National Petroleum Council, which was chartered under FACA as well. His appointment to NCC runs through 2019.