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CLEAN POWER CONFERENCE TOLD NOT TO DISCOUNT USE OF COAL; ABMA VICE PRESIDENT CITES NEED FOR A MIX OF FUELS

 ARLINGTON, Va., May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- "Contrary to popular perception, coal is being burned cleanly today and the technologies for coal-related environmental protection are currently available and steadily improving. The world cannot afford to dismiss any source of fuel for energy production -- particularly when that fuel is as abundant and inexpensive as coal -- when such significant advances have been made in reducing the impact of coal combustion."
 So declared American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA) Vice President Willard McBurney, president of The McBurney Corporation, Norcross, Ga., as he opened the Third Annual ABMA Clean Power for the Nineties Conference on Thursday, May 13, at the Omni Tampa Hotel in Tampa, Fla.
 Noting the diversity of membership associated with the ABMA -- whose member companies manufacture an array of equipment capable of burning most any fuel -- McBurney went on to acknowledge that the "ABMA does not seek to promote the use of one fuel over another. Our interest is in seeing that no single fuel is discounted because it may be associated with outdated or stereotypical dooms-day thinking."
 Power and heat can be generated using many different fuels -- fossil fuels like coal, natural gas and oil, biomass, waste-to-energy technologies and from so-called renewable (alternative) forms of energy, like solar, geothermal, oil shale, wind and/or tidal power.
 McBurney did note that "while everyone would like to reach out to alternative (renewable) forms of energy, they are simply not yet economically competitive or are too small in scale to meet our overall energy needs. But they can be a component in the overall mix of fuels that go into the generation of electricity."
 McBurney characterized available coal-burning technology -- both in the combustion and post-combustion phases -- as "the technological alliance ... which will assure this country and the world clean power for the '90s and beyond." He explained that the alliance, although informal, is the product of a "technological partnership between those who manufacture the hardware that actually burns the fuel and makes the steam, and those who manufacture the equipment that captures the emissions not brought under control in the combustion process." This partnership produces the products that makes the use of a full range and mix of fuels possible for the generation of the clean and efficiently produced power and heating used by all Americans.
 Putting coal on a more equal footing with other fuels, technologies now in use ... and others under development and demonstration, insure that high efficiency coal combustion has reduced the environmental impact of coal emissions to unprecedented levels.
 McBurney related that, "The world's success in achieving and maintaining environmental harmony depends on the level of economic prosperity each country enjoys. Protection of the environment carries with it associated short- and long-term costs (and) in order to absorb these costs, national economics must be strong and stable. A strong economy is synonymous with adequate and stable energy supplies."
 The ABMA vice president reasoned that, "While the problems associated with the ... dislocated economies of Third World and emerging Eastern Bloc countries seem to deepen rather than diminish, the availability of inexpensive and stable sources of energy -- especially in the form of electricity -- becomes the key to the type of sustainable economic development necessary to bring prosperity to the world.
 "Electrification offers the best available solution to reconciling our nation's and the world's priorities -- those of protecting the environment and of providing adequate supplies of energy to maintain economic prosperity while being able to afford the steps necessary to concurrently protect the environment," McBurney said.
 Electrification is basically the substitution of electric power for direct fuel use.
 McBurney described in his remarks the advances achieved by the boiler and fuel burning equipment industries over the last decade in arriving at technologies suited to burning all fuels more cleanly and efficiently.
 McBurney becomes president of the American Boiler Manufacturers Association at the close of its 1993 annual meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, in June 1993.
 The American Boiler Manufacturers Association is a voluntary, non- profit corporation founded in 1888 with headquarters in Arlington. The only national association representing the commercial, industrial and utility boiler and fuel burning equipment manufacturers, the ABMA serves to promote the common business interests of the industry; to improve the industry's services to the public; to be interactive with government in matters affecting the industry; and to promote the safe, economic and environmentally friendly use of the products and services of its members. The association represents more than 85 companies employing over 45,000 at plants and offices in more than 40 states and overseas.
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 /CONTACT: Russell N. Mosher, ABMA executive director, 703-522-7350/


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