National Coal Transportation Association

NCTA Spring Conference 2021 Napa, California • April 12-14, 2021


CLICK HERE to Register for the 2021 Spring Conference

CLICK HERE to view the Spring Conference Agenda

CLICK HERE to view Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

CLICK HERE to view Scholarship Scramble Sponsorship Opportunities

CLICK HERE to book your room at the Silverado Resort 

Nestled among the rolling hills, in the heart of Napa Valley’s picturesque terrain, an hour north of San Francisco, this peaceful resort is perfect for relaxation, adventure, and business. The Silverado is the ideal spot from which to explore over 400 wineries.  The resort has special relationships with many wineries allowing access for special off-site options such as group tastings, cave dinners, and grand outdoor locations with views should you be planning a customer event.

Conference Sponsors

Conference Speakers

  • Keynote Speaker-  U.S. Representative David McKinley, P.E. (R-WV)
  • Keynote Speaker – Jim Matheson, Chief Executive Officer, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • Michael J. Nasi, Partner, Jackson Walker – “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of recent Texas power outages.
  • John Harpole, Founder & President, Mercator Energy-  The Root Cause of the Texas Energy Disaster.
  • Andrew Blumenfeld, Head of Market Analytics, Doyle Trading Consultants – Coal markets and public policy outlook.
  • Nicholas Cron, Vice President, XCoal Energy & Resources – U.S. coal exports market outlook.
  • Sandra L. Brown, Partner, Thompson Hine – “They’re back: Mergers and other developments at the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.”
  • Peter A. Pfohl, Partner, Slover & Loftus – “Doubling-up” of Powder River Basin coal unit trains and related shipper concerns.
  • Thomas W. Wilcox, Principal, GKG Law – Updates on fuel surcharge litigation.
  • Randy Eminger, Executive Director, Energy Policy Network – State-level activities to combat the Sierra Club’s ‘Beyond Coal’ campaign.
  • David M. (Max) Williamson, Principal, Williamson Law + Policy – Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage policy and market outlook.
  • Thomas Adams, Executive Director, American Coal Ash Association – Coal ash management and marketing outlook.

Area Activities

Arts & Culture
Napa Valley Museum
Robert Louis Stevenson Museum
Blue Note: Jazz
Uptown Theatre: Concerts
DiRosa Gallery

Dining & Shopping
Napa Premium Outlets
Napa Valley Olive Oil
Oxbow Public Market
Downtown Napa
Town of Yountville
Culinary Institute of America/Copia: Dining, Cooking, & Wine Classes
Silverado Cooking School

Skyline Park
Boothe State Park

William Hill
Judds Hill
Black Stallion
Silverado Vineyards
Rutherford Hills
Robert Mondavi
Pine Ridge

Click HERE for more information on “Planning your Napa Valley wine tour”

Click HERE for ideas “Things to do” in the Napa area

The Silverado Resort boasts outdoor activities abound, led by two championship golf courses. ten plexi-paved tennis courts, ten pools, three outdoor Bocce Ball courts, and onsite hiking and biking trail.  Plan ahead to  gather with colleagues, customers, and friends in one of the inspired restaurants featuring locally sourced fare.


Monday, April 12, 2021

  • 8:30 am   NCTA Board Meeting
  • 12:30 pm  Arrive at the golf club for the 1st Annual NCTA Scholarship Scramble Tournament.
  • 1:00 pm  1st  Annual NCTA Scholarship Scramble Tournament shotgun start at the Silverado Golf Club, South Course.  Awards ceremony to follow.
  • 5:30-7:00 pm   NCTA Welcome Reception

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

  • 8:00 am-12:00 pm  Plenary Session
  • 12:30-3:30 pm  Breakout Session
  • 5:00-7:00 pm Silverado Wine & Cheese Pairing Party

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

  • 8:00-12:00 pm  Plenary Session

NOTE:  This year, our program will feature two receptions.  NCTA will not be hosting a dinner.  This schedule provides the attendee with two social occasions for networking opportunities as well as two chances to host or attend customer events.


NCTA Members $795.00 after March 19, 2021 $895.00
Railroad & Non-Member $995.00 after March 19, 2021 $1095.00
Conference Sponsors or Advertisers $995.00 after March 19, 2021 $1095.00
Non-Members $1,495.00 after March 19, 2021 $1,595.00
Non-Utility Government or Academic Attendees $500.00 after March 19, 2021 $600.00


This year NCTA is introducing a new tradition;  the Scholarship Scramble Golf Tournament.  This golfing opportunity will not only serve as a valuable networking opportunity but also contribute to the NCTA scholarship fund.  All proceeds from the tournament will support the National Coal Transportation Association Educational Foundation.  The tournament will feature multiple ways for your company to participate.

Please CLICK HERE to see how your company can support this worthy cause.
Greens Fees:  $195.00  Rental Clubs:  $65.00

Need a snack on the course?  The Silverado will not disappoint with their famous burger dog at the 10th Hole.

How It All Began

The Burger Dog has been a long standing Silverado Resort staple. Created by the legacy himself “Burger Dog Bill”, it has been a tradition for golfers to stop at the Snack Shack and taste the wonders of the dog. How was it born you ask?

All because of its simple shape and short cooking time. Regular burgers took up more space on a grill and because of its shape, needed more time to cook. With the innovative idea to shape the burger in the form of a hot dog, a revolution was made. Not only was this easier for the Snack Shack to sell more, it was also easier for players to handle.  Be sure to sign up for lunch when registering.  You do not want to miss out on this unique treat.

Do not forget to sign up for your dog, side, and a drink (including beer) during the registration process.  $20.00.


Your hotel reservations are made separately from the conference registration. Click here to book your room.

The Silverado Resort and Spa features 370 guest rooms, 2 championship golf courses, a 16,000 square foot spa, tennis courts, 10 outdoor swimming pools, and 3 Bocce Ball courts.

The NCTA room rate is  $229.00++ for a single/double. (Guests are responsible for room rate, resort fee, bellman and housekeeping gratuities, and all incidentals)   The rate is honored April 7, 2021 through April 18, 2021 (based on availability), so come early or stay late.  You will have the capability to book any room type available at the group rate.  You can click or call to reserve your room.  Silverado Reservations 800-532-0500 or 707-257-0200 and refer to the NCTA Spring Conference room Block.


The GrillThe Mansion TerraceMain PoolForna PizzaThe Market & Bakery

Serving up seasonal dishes culled daily from local markets in the birthplace of farm-fresh cuisine. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite after a day on the course or an elegant evening out, our four dining experiences have food to please.

CLICK HERE to see a map of the resort


Getting there:  Optional Airports to choose from

Airport Major Airlines Approximate time to destination
Oakland Southwest, Alaska, Spirit, and Jet Blue 1.5 hours
Sacramento Southwest, Delta, American, United 1.5 hours
San Jose Southwest, Alaska 2 hours
San Francisco All major airlines 2 hours
Sonoma County Airport Primarily served by Alaska 30 minutes

 For more airport information, please click HERE