CURE Elects Officers

Former Congressman Leads Rail Reform Effort

Jan 24, 2007, 00:00 ET from CURE

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Former Congressman Glenn English
 will continue to lead the effort to pass rail reform legislation as
 chairman of CURE, a coalition of freight rail customers. English, from
 Oklahoma, served 10 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and is now
 CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).
     Many of the nation's more than 900 consumer-owned electric cooperatives
 depend on the railroads to deliver the coal needed to generate power. The
 railroads' failure to deliver coal on time has forced some power companies
 to import foreign coal and turn to more expensive alternative energy
 sources, despite the fact that the U.S. has the largest supply of coal in
 the world.
     "The nation's rail system needs increased competition and federal
 oversight to meet the economic needs of this country," English said. "If
 the Surface Transportation Board (STB) won't do it, then Congress must."
     English will be joined in the effort by newly-elected CURE President
 Donald Kimball, CEO of Arizona Electric Power Cooperative of Benson, AZ.
 Kimball has been a leading voice in the power industry, serving as chairman
 of the NRECA Power & Generation Standing Committee; chairman of the
 Southwest Public Power Resources Group Management Committee; president of
 the Western Power Producers, Inc.; and a director on ACES Power Marketing
 Board of Managers.
     CURE members also elected Joe Maher, senior vice president and general
 manager of UPM-Blandin Paper Company in Grand Rapids, MN, as Vice
 President; and Alan Cramer, an administrative manager for Total
 Petrochemicals in Houston, as Secretary and Treasurer.
     Other Executive Committee members include:
     -- Ron Harper, CEO, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Inc., of Bismarck,
     -- Tom Heller, CEO, Missouri River Energy Services, of Sioux Falls, SD
     -- Shelley Sahling-Zart, vice president and assistant counsel, Lincoln
        Electric System, of Lincoln, NE
     -- Bill Mohl, vice president, Entergy Services, Inc., of Woodlands, TX
     -- Joe Hartsoe, managing director, federal policy, American Electric Power
        of Columbus, OH
     -- Chuck Manning, senior vice president and COO, Municipal Electric
        Authority of Georgia of Atlanta
     -- Steve Sharp, principal engineer, Arkansas Electric Cooperative
        Corporation of Little Rock, AR
     Reforms to federal rail policy are expected to be introduced soon in
 the U.S. Congress. A recent GAO report, "Freight Railroads: Industry Health
 Has Improved, but Concerns about Competition and Capacity Should be
 Addressed," provided additional evidence of the need for reform. The
 proposed legislation would repeal the antiquated antitrust exemptions of
 the freight rail industry and reform the Surface Transportation Board to
 ensure rail customer access to competition and reliable rail service for
 customers at reasonable costs.
     CURE is a coalition of rail customers seeking changes in federal law to
 hold the railroads more accountable to the nation and their customers. The
 group represents a wide variety of rail customers including municipal and
 investor- owned utilities, rural electric co-ops, chemical, ethanol, cement
 and other manufacturers, forest and paper companies, and their customers.
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