PA Statewide Conference on AMD and AMR - Atherton Hotel, State College, PA - August 2006


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Waste Coal to CFB Ash


Jim Panaro
General Manager
Robindale Energy Services, Inc.


A legacy of mining leaves behind … new sources of energy?  Make the connection between the waste coal industry and their efforts to expedite reclamation.  See gob piles disappear from the landscape while providing electricity from circulating fluidized bed (CFB) plants.  Ash produced from this process contributes to land restoration, and porch lights continue to welcome us home.


Jim Panero has 16 years experience directly in the cogeneration business and has been Robindale’s General Manager since starting with the company in 2001. Prior to that time, he was at Cambria Cogen Company for 11 years. Jim started at Cambria during plant construction and commissioning and was primarily involved in environmental monitoring, reporting, and compliance but advanced through the plant ranks to the level of Operations Superintendent for 2 years before coming to Robindale. During Jim’s tenure at Cambria, the plant received several prestigious environmental awards including a Governor’s Environmental Excellence award in 1996 for their small pile cleanup program in two major Pennsylvania watersheds. Jim’s role at Robindale has focused on new project development with primary focus on starting the Canoe Valley Limestone quarry and expanding the RNS transportation fleet. He also acts as liaison with local conservation and recreation groups as well as the PaDEP to partner Robindale on mine reclamation and acid mine drainage treatment projects.

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