As part of a show dedicated to Pittsburgh’s leadership in coal energy, President of CONSOL Energy, Nick DeIuliis, sat down to provide an overview of where the coal industry stands today. DeIuliis remarks that Pittsburgh is leading the way forward in innovation from both the production and downstream sides of operations — a new coal plant is 90 percent cleaner than the one is replaces. And with coal and natural gas already representing 70-75 percent of the nation’s energy mix, and with increasing growth opportunities in both international and domestic coal exports, the Pittsburgh region is poised for a bright future in coal energy.

Is “clean coal” an oxymoron? Many of its critics say it is, but Jared Ciferno, of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) says the key to answering this question is understanding what exactly we mean when we say “clean coal.” As director of coal & power research and development at NETL, Ciferno conducts cutting-edge research to help make coal extraction and production cleaner, and to reduce C02 emissions in the process.

Booming coal export markets had led Brownsville Marine to make a significant investment in the region. The Fayette County based barge manufacturer is currently undergoing a $15 million expansion and is now on the lookout for skilled workers, especially welders. Michael Hennessey, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing, sat down recently to discuss the expansion and why barge building is making a comeback in the region.

Our Region’s Business” airs Sundays at 11 a.m. on WPXI-TV.  Hosted by the Allegheny Conference’s Bill Flanagan, the 30-minute business affairs program is co-produced with Cox Broadcasting. The program is rebroadcast on PCNC-TV at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, and at 3:30 p.m. Mondays. It also airs Sundays on WJAC-TV (Johnstown-Altoona) at 6 a.m. and WTOV-TV (Wheeling-Steubenville) at 6:30 a.m.