David Denton appointed by U.S. Secretary of Energy to serve on National Coal Council

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – David Denton, a senior director of business development in RTI International's Energy Technology Division, has been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy to serve on the National Coal Council.

As a member of the council, Denton will serve a two-year term and provide guidance and recommendations to the Secretary on policy matters involving coal and coal-related issues.

“This is a great opportunity for David to use his expertise to advise our government on energy policy based on scientific research,” said Terri Lomax, Ph.D., executive vice president of Discovery Science and Technology at RTI International. “His extensive knowledge and leadership qualities will be a tremendous asset to the Council.”

At RTI, Denton's role is to identify and drive new government- and industry-sponsored business and research opportunities and to help define and lead strategic planning and direction for RTI's Energy Technology Division.

Prior to joining RTI, Denton was employed for 36 years at Eastman Chemical Company, where he was a technology fellow and served in many capacities, including director of business development for Eastman Gasification Services Company and director of Energy Policy Development.

Denton has published his work in industry magazines, presented invited papers at numerous national and international conferences and has testified before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He holds several U.S. and foreign patents.

The council is a nonprofit advisory group that works directly with the Secretary of Energy and key leadership at the Department of Energy. The council is comprised of 150 individuals who represent a broad spectrum of interests from industry, finance, engineering, legal, academia, regulatory agencies, environmental groups and research organizations. The members of the council are appointed by the Secretary based on their knowledge, expertise and stature in their respective fields of endeavor.

The principal work of the Council involves producing studies on issues of interest to the Secretary.  Based on the findings of these studies, the Council makes policy recommendations and provides guidance for the Secretary’s consideration.

Since its inception 30 years ago in 1984, the Council has published more than 30 studies. These studies have focused on the future of coal, management of carbon emissions, coal conversion technologies, coal and coal technology exports, and power sector compliance with environmental regulations.  

David Denton

Highlights

  • David Denton, a senior director of business development in RTI International's Energy Technology Division, has been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy to serve on the National Coal Council
  • Denton will serve a two-year term and provide guidance and recommendations to the Secretary on policy matters involving coal and coal-related issues