The DOE has been conducting coal RD&D programs for many years. These programs have addressed, or are addressing, some of the areas identified in EPACT. The Office of Fossil Energy's coal programs are described in the document entitled "Coal Strategic Plan" and in the Administration's budget request for fiscal year (FY) 1994. Beginning in FY 1994, the Office of Fossil Energy will begin to update its "Coal Strategic Plan," and formulate the RDD&C plan required by Section 1301. As part of this process, the Office of Fossil Energy is seeking the advice and recommendations of the National Research Council regarding strategy and priorities in its coal program.
The Energy Engineering Board (EEB) will establish a committee to review DOE's current coal program, and selected sections of EPACT relating to coal, and develop recommendations to update the "Coal Strategic Plan." The committee will include about 10 members from disciplines pertinent to the proposed effort. Expertise will be sought in areas such as coal science, conversion of coal to gaseous and liquid fuels, especially coal gasification, coal-based electricity generation, chemical engineering, energy engineering, environmental control technologies, energy economics, and strategic planning for R&D. The committee will provide independent scientific and technical advice consistent with the strategic assessment requested by the DOE targeted at the planning cycle beginning with FY 1996. In the process of nominating the committee and during the course