Ben Yamagata

Senior Counsel

202.298.1857

bny@vnf.com

Assistant

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007
  • Serves as Executive Director to the Coal Utilization Research Council, a national organization of coal producers, utilities, manufacturers, and research organizations, that advocates for development and demonstration of advanced clean coal technologies including carbon capture and sequestration.
  • Successfully obtained more than $400 million in federal investment tax credits and counseled the successful transfer of a $400 milllion Department of Energy grant to a client constructing a project to gasify coal to electricity and agricultural fertilizers and use capture carbon dioxide for recovery of crude oil.
  • Secured federal loan guarantees for several large-scale geothermal to electricity projects as well as a loan guarantee for a coal to chemical feedstocks project.
  • Testified on numerous occasions as a expert witness on the status and development of clean coal technologies before committees in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
  • Directed the successful submission of an application for a federal cooperative agreement of more than $300 million awarded to a major U.S. electric utility to capture and store carbon dioxide from one of the utility’s coal-burning power plants.
  • Guided the development of industry comments submitted to federal agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, that addressed proposed regulations controlling various air emissions from the use of coal.
  • Worked with several offices of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in the preparation of legislation to provide authorizations for a variety of grant and tax incentive programs to support clean coal technologies, including carbon capture and sequestration.

Publications

Realizing the Potential of Carbon Capture and Storage Technology

Written Statement submitted to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials
07/24/2008

Presentations

Renewable Energy Tax Incentives and Loan Guarantees Under the New Stimulus Plan

Co-Presenter, "DOE Loan Guarantees: Status and Trends"
Shearman & Sterling LLP
New York , NY
03/18/2009

NGA Summit on Clean Power & Efficiency 2008

Panelist, "Outlook for Next Generation Coal and Nuclear"
National Governors Association
Overland Park, KS
05/06/2008

Powering Our Low Carbon Future

"Market Adoption and Deployment"
U.S. Dept of Commerce
Washington, DC
02/05/2008