Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Appointment to the National Coal Council

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 11, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today the appointment of William H. Bowker to the National Coal Council (NCC).  U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman appointed Bowker upon Governor Fletcher’s recommendation.

The National Coal Council is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s most important advisory committees.  Its purpose is to inform and make recommendations to the Secretary of Energy with respect to any matter relating to coal or the coal industry.

“With coal being such a vital component to our nation’s and Kentucky’s energy future, it is important that Kentucky be involved at the highest levels to discuss and promote its potential,” stated Governor Fletcher. “Mr. Bowker – with his long history in state government and his involvement with Kentucky’s coal industry – is just the person to represent the Commonwealth on this important national council.”

In a letter from Secretary Bodman to Governor Fletcher accepting Bowker’s nomination, Secretary Bodman wrote, “Mr. Bowker has compiled a distinguished record in the coal industry and thus would be an excellent candidate to serve on the NCC.”

Bowker is the director of the Division of Fossil Fuels and Utility Services within the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy.  Bowker has over 28 years experience in Kentucky state government, primarily relating to coal and electric utility matters.  Prior to his current position, Bowker served in a number of positions including Deputy Executive Director of the Kentucky Public Service Commission and Executive Director of the Kentucky Coal Council, and Commissioner of the Department of Production and Utilization in the Kentucky Energy Cabinet.

Bowker has degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana and George Washington University.  He and his wife, Linda, have two sons, Daniel and Andrew.