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Coal mining still very important to West Virginia’s economy

Despite the continued emergence of the technology, business services and tourism industries, coal mining and manufacturing are still very important to West Virginia’s economy. Coal remains a viable and important energy source. In fact, this state contains an estimated 50 billion tons of coal reserves.

Despite the continued emergence of the technology, business services and tourism industries, coal mining and manufacturing are still very important to West Virginia’s economy. Coal remains a viable and important energy source. In fact, this state contains an estimated 50 billion tons of coal reserves.

As a member of the Southern States’ Energy Board, West Virginia has joined government, business and labor leaders in developing a comprehensive plan to implement coal conversion technology to harness coal resources and reduce this country’s dependence on foreign oil.

This effort is a continuation of the state’s Coal Conversion Initiative, a public/private partnership guided by Gov. Manchin’s administration and endorsed by the Legislature. Its goal is to make West Virginia a leader in alternative uses for coal. Coal can be converted for a number of different uses, including diesel fuel and other chemicals.

The group intends to produce a conceptual design for a coal-to-liquids manufacturing facility here in West Virginia. The plan is being developed by American Electric Power Service Corp. with the help of Worley Parsons, a global engineering and consulting firm, GE Energy, a... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Despite the continued emergence of the technology, business services and tourism industries, coal mining and manufacturing are still very important to West Virginia’s economy. Coal remains a viable and important energy source. In fact, this state contains an estimated 50 billion tons of coal reserves.

As a member of the Southern States’ Energy Board, West Virginia has joined government, business and labor leaders in developing a comprehensive plan to implement coal conversion technology to harness coal resources and reduce this country’s dependence on foreign oil.

This effort is a continuation of the state’s Coal Conversion Initiative, a public/private partnership guided by Gov. Manchin’s administration and endorsed by the Legislature. Its goal is to make West Virginia a leader in alternative uses for coal. Coal can be converted for a number of different uses, including diesel fuel and other chemicals.

The group intends to produce a conceptual design for a coal-to-liquids manufacturing facility here in West Virginia. The plan is being developed by American Electric Power Service Corp. with the help of Worley Parsons, a global engineering and consulting firm, GE Energy, a division of General Electric and a provider of coal gassification and related coal conversion and power generation technologies, and CONSOL Energy, the largest U.S. producer of coal from underground mines. The effort is sponsored by American Electric Power subsidiary Appalachian Power and Energy Village, a nonprofit organization that promotes energy-focused economic development.

This is a chance for West Virginia to take the lead in innovative uses for coal.

Clearly, energy issues are very important to this state. Earlier this month, Gov. Manchin traveled to Wyoming, where he and Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal discussed attracting long-term investment in alternative fuels. They intend to lobby the federal government to act on energy issues, such as the development of ethanol, biodiesel, solar, wind or biomass electricity generation.


Source: http://www.register-herald....

SEP 23 2006
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