Our Mine Operations

As the demand for electricity from Western Fuels Association Members has increased, baseload generation levels have climbed. Accordingly, demand increased for coal, the most cost-effective alternative to costly fuel oil and natural gas generation. Learn More >>

Fuel Chain Management

Western Fuels Association is a cooperative enterprise operating on a not-for-profit basis to provide coal and other services for the generation of electricity by consumer owned utilities. Western Fuels’ member-owners are rural electric generation and transmission cooperatives, municipal utilities, and other public power entities. Western Fuels Association is a national fuel supply cooperative with considerable and diverse experience in coal mining, coal procurement, and transportation management. Learn More >>


WFA’s services extend into the arena of advocacy. WFA has a tradition of standing with its members to mitigate the impact of initiatives and legislation that would increase the delivered cost of coal and subsequently increase the price of electricity.

Western Fuels also represents member interests through active trade organization membership in National Coal Transportation Association, CURE and the National Mining Association. Learn More >>

Other Services

The WFA staff is located in Westminster, Colorado and Gillette, Wyoming. Having WFA’s presence in Gillette, in the heart of the southern PRB, provides readily available “eyes and ears” on behalf of the members to facilitate coal shipment coordination and face to face contact with mining and railroad personnel in the Gillette area. Addtionally, WFA provides the following services:

  • Geologic investigation (drilling, mapping and reserve assessment)
  • Land acquisition (leasing or purchasing from private parties; leasing of federal land)
  • Permitting (liaison with federal, state and local government agencies)
  • Mine engineering services (mine planning, mining cost estimates, feasibility studies, reserve verification)
  • Cost estimates for railroad buildout
  • Site evaluation and location for new generation facilities

When requested by WFA’s Members, WFA also provides contact with local, state and federal governments, as well as dealing with the STB (Surface Transportation Board).  If requested, legal services are also available through WFA’s Corporate Counsel. Learn More >>