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Energy Summit to focus on energy production  

Marshall University’s Center for Business and Economic Research is hosting the West Virginia Innovative Energy Summit on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Charleston House Holiday Inn in Charleston, according to a prepared release.

The summit, sponsored by the West Virginia Development Office, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $35, which includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch. Online registration available at www.marshall.edu/cber or by calling Gael Setliff at (304) 696-4321.

he theme of the summit is how West Virginia can lead the nation in the production of energy from innovative sources. Keynote speaker U.S. Undersecretary of Energy David Garman will highlight the need for developing renewable and alternate fuels to bring energy independence to the nation.

“Having Secretary Garman keynote the meeting shows how important West Virginia is to the nation’s energy future,” Paul Hardesty, director of the West Virginia Public Energy Authority, said.

Dr. Cal Kent, director of Marshall’s Center for Business and Economic Research, said “with rapidly growing U.S. and world energy demand facing a slower growth in energy supply from traditional fuels, we can anticipate high energy prices and shortages. Our dependence on supply from unfriendly and hostile countries will grow,” he said.

The way out of these problems, Kent said, lies in the development of alternative and renewable sources of domestic energy.

Speakers at the summit will showcase the development of these alternative sources in West Virginia into a new industry with high-wage jobs. Renewable and alternative sources under discussion include energy from coal waste, landfill and coal bed methane, wind, wood waste, biomass, chicken litter and enhanced oil recovery. The speakers, associated with the production of energy from alternative or renewable sources, will demonstrate its feasibility in West Virginia.


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