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Energy Summit moves from Stonewall Resort to Marriott

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's 2012 Energy Summit will be Dec. 10 at the Marriott, the state Division of Energy announced.

The five previous energy summits were at Stonewall Resort.

Asked why the venue was changed, Division of Energy Director Jeff Herholdt said, "The summit traditionally followed the One Shot hunting event based out of the Stonewall Resort. That event was moved to a Saturday in October. We wanted to retain the traditional (summit) timing but elected to move the event to Charleston."

Some highlights of this year's summit:

  • A keynote address, "The importance of energy to manufacturing," by Steven Hedrick, vice president of Bayer CropScience and head of Bayer's Institute Industrial Park.
  • State energy plan recommendations by Tom Witt, former director of West Virginia University's Bureau of Business and Economic Research; Cal Kent, former vice president of Business and Economic Research at Marshall University; and Christy Risch, director of research at Marshall's Center for Business and Economic Research.
  • A presentation on the fiscal impact of energy industries on the West Virginia economy by Mark Muchow, deputy secretary of the state Department of Tax and Revenue.
  • A report on energy and natural resource litigation by Dave Flannery of the law firm Jackson Kelly.
  • A presentation titled, "Economic impact of new EPA emissions standards," by Gene Trisko of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.
  • An overview of development of the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia by Corky DeMarco, executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association.
  • A report on the West Virginia Natural Gas Vehicles Task Force by Hallie Mason, director of policy in the Governor's Office.
  • A review of the Longview power plant project near Maidsville, Monongalia County, by Plant Manager Charles Huguenard.
  • A report on solar energy installations in West Virginia by Mike McKechnie of Mountain View Solar.
  • A presentation titled "West Virginia Environmental Perspective," by Gary Thompson, program coordinator for West Virginia University-Parkersburg's solar, energy assessment and management technology, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and residential and commercial electricity programs.
  • Remarks by Gov. Tomblin.
  • The entire draft agenda is posted online at

    Contact writer George Hohmann at or 304-348-4836.


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