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Rep. McKinley and WVU to hold energy forum Aug. 6 in Morgantown

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Regional leaders in energy will share their views on the critical topics of the day at an energy forum taking place Mon., Aug. 6 in Morgantown.

Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., and West Virginia University will host "America's Energy Roadmap to 2050."

McKinley will be joined by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., WVU President Jim Clements, Fortune 500 energy CEOs and other industry, labor and environmental leaders and experts from across the country from 10 a.m. 1 p.m. at the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at WVU.

The forum is open to the public.

Topics for discussion include whether regional and national energy policies are needed and what the elements would be; the role of fossil fuels in a national energy policy; whether carbon capture and sequestration and utilization are viable and, if not, next steps; the consequences of America's transition from fossil fuel energy between now and 2050; how Congress can strengthen federal investments and stimulate public-private partnerships in energy research; and how non-conventional uses of natural gas and coal-to-liquids in areas such as transportation and chemical feedstocks will impact the regional economy.

Participants include:

Utility companies

  • Tony Alexander, CEO, First Energy
  • Mark McCollough, EVP Generation, AEP
  • Paul Koonce, CEO, Dominion Virginia Power

Coal-related companies

  • Brett Harvey, CEO, Consol
  • James Laurita, CEO, MEPCO

Natural gas–related companies

  • Scott Rotruck, VP Operations, Chesapeake Energy
  • Dr. Kathryn Clay, Executive Director, American Gas Association

Petroleum companies

  • Vincent Yushiewicz, Energy Advisor, Exxon Mobil

Renewable energy

  • Marc Gerken, CEO, AMP Ohio

Environmental groups

  • Kurt Waltzer, Special Projects Director, Clean Air Task Force
  • Court Gould, Executive Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh
  • Kit Kennedy, Clean Energy Counsel, NRDC

Consumer groups, labor organizations and economists

  • David Kreutzer, Energy Economics, the Heritage Foundation
  • Gene Trisko, Environmental-Energy Consultant, UMWA
  • Cecile Conroy, Chair, AFL-CIO BT Energy Policy Committee

Public agencies and resources

  •  Anthony Cugini, Director, DOE-NETL
  • Ken Zapinski, Senior VP, Allegheny Conference
  • Richard Bajura, Director, National Research Center for Coal and Energy
  • Tim Carr, Marshall Miller Professor of Geology, WVU
  • Fred King, Interim Vice President for Research, WVU
  • Christine Gabriel, President, University Energy Partnership

 

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