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Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee

The Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee (RETAC) was established by the Surface Transportation Board in July 2007 to provide advice and guidance to the Board, and to serve as a forum for discussion of emerging issues, regarding the transportation by rail of energy resources (including, but not necessarily limited to, coal, ethanol, and other biofuels). RETAC is comprised of 25 voting members, representing a balance of stakeholders with an interest in energy transportation by rail, including large and small railroads, coal producers, electric utilities, the biofuels industry, the petroleum industry, and the private railcar industry. The three members of the Board serve as ex officio members of RETAC, along with representatives of the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Transportation, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Meetings, which are open to the public, are held at least twice a year. To find out more about RETAC, contact Michael Higgins by phone at 202-245-0284 or by e-mail at

Voting Members

Robert D. Gabbard, Co-chair
PPL EnergyPlus, LLC

Darin Selby, Co-Chair
Kansas City Southern Railway

Mark Hamilton
, Secretary/Treasurer
Norfolk Southern Corporation


William Berg
Dairyland Power Cooperative

David Garin
BNSF Railway Company

John Gray
CHS, Renewable Fuels Marketing

Kareen Gray
GE Capital Rail Services

Robert W. Guy
Illinois State Legislative Director
United Transportation Union

Paul Taylor
National Corn Growers Association

Brad Hildebrand

Robert Hulick

Trinity Industries Leasing Company

Mark Huston
Louis Dreyfus Corp.

Lee K. Johnson
Hess Corporation

Jill Harrison
Alpha Coal Sales Co., LLC

Edward McKechnie
WATCO Companies

Amy Newton
City Utilities of Springfield,

Anthony V. Reck
Paducah & Louisville Railway, Inc.

Henry Rupert
CSX Transportation, Inc.

Daniel R. Sabin
Iowa Northern Ry. Co.

Kent Smith
Arch Coal

Jeff Wallace
Southern Company

Elizabeth Whited
Union Pacific Railroad

Scott Yaeger
Peabody Energy


RETAC Documents    


    Minutes Presentations
  March 6, 2014 Arrow Agenda

Ethanol Update

Coal Update

phmsa Operation
Safe Delivery
Performance Measures

Oil Update

SNL (Coal)
Railcar Update

Utility Update

FACA Overview
  September 19, 2013 Arrow Crude Oil

Performance Measures

Biofuels Update
EIA Update

Rail Fleet
  March 14, 2013 Arrow Agenda

Biofuels Update

Coal Producer
Utility Update


Wood Mackenzie
Antitrust Compliance

Performance Measures Update

Crude Oil

September 20, 2012

Arrow Coal Producer

Dashboards & Data Table

DOT Freight Policy Council Charter

EIA AEO 2012
EIA Petroleum
and Biofuels

Ethanol Update

Freight Provisions MAP-21

MAP-21 Presentation
Performance Measures Update

Rail Fleet

Utility Update
  March 1, 2012 Arrow Railcar Fleet

Ethanol Report
Utility Update

EIA AEO 2012

Performance Measures
  September 15 2011 Arrow Renewable Fuels
Dashboards &
Data Table -
Performance Measures      
April 6, 2011

Arrow EEI Presentation

Meeting Agenda
EIA Annual
Energy Outlook
RETAC Performance Measures      
  September 15, 2010 Arrow RETAC Performance Measures Best Practices        
  March 23, 2010 Arrow Best Practices

EIA AEO 2010

Christensen Dashboards      
  December 1, 2009 Arrow EIA EPRI Data Dashboard      
  September 10, 2009 Arrow BNSF Coal Dust Capacity Performance Measures      
  June 11, 2009 Arrow AAR Presentation Best Practices Christensen      
  March 4, 2009 Arrow Communications Best Practices Performance Measures      
  December 2, 2008 Arrow Capacity Christensen Performance Measures      
  September 17, 2008 Arrow Best Practices


Railroad Performance
Cambridge Systematics

EIA Coal Flows


  June 12, 2008 Arrow Aventine


Union Pacific
  March 6, 2008 Arrow Arch Coal

Southern Company

Xcel Energy
Foundation Energy      
  October 24, 2007 Arrow STB Activities

FACA Guidelines
Antitrust Guidelines Christensen Study      
  Other Documents    
    Capacity White Paper
(March 4, 2009)
Best Practices White Paper
(September 15, 2010)
Membership Balance Plan
(September 23, 2013
  Renewal Charter