West Virginia Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Hold Energy Summit

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The event, titled “West Virginia: Committed to a Sound Energy Future”, featured speakers and presenters from around the country. Topics included the state of coal in 2014, the effects of new EPA regulations, the futures of natural gas and solar power in the state, the marketing of post-mined lands, and benefits of alternative energy.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Division of Energy Director Jeff Herholdt, and Sen. Joe Manchin spoke at the Governor's Energy Summit.

West Virginia is a very strong energy player. We are a major producer of energy: coal, natural gas and electricity for the rest of the nation.

The West Virginia Department of Commerce and Division of Energy recently hosted the 2014 Energy Summit at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke.

The event, titled “West Virginia: Committed to a Sound Energy Future”, featured speakers and presenters from around the country. Topics included the state of coal in 2014, the effects of new EPA regulations, the futures of natural gas and solar power in the state, the marketing of post-mined lands, and benefits of alternative energy.

State lawmakers and leaders from all sectors of the industry learned more about West Virginia's role as an national energy leader. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Sen. Joe Manchin and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito also spoke to attendees about their vision for West Virginia’s energy future.

“West Virginia is a very strong energy player. We are a major producer of energy: coal, natural gas and electricity for the rest of the nation,” said Jeff Herholdt, the director of the West Virginia Division of Energy. "We are very keen that the nation should focus on developing all of its cost-competitive energy resources. That’s what we’re highlighting."

Herholdt said the annual summit is a chance for all industries to share ideas and concerns.

This year's summit also featured a display of natural gas vehicles and a celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of the West Virginia Clean State Program.

Presentations can be found here http://www.wvcommerce.org/energy/summits/default.aspx

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