The National Research Center for Coal and Energy and the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University along with the West Virginia Development Office will conclude the Energy Roadmap Workshop Series Thursday, Dec. 11, with a focus on energy infrastructure. Registration opens at 9 a.m. with opening remarks at 9:30 a.m. The event will be held at Stonewall Jackson Resort in Roanoke.
Organizers say that as an energy state, West Virginia must be in a position to deliver energy efficiently and at an affordable rate. The purpose of this final workshop will be to ask participants for recommendations regarding the steps the state can take to enhance the natural gas and electricity transmission systems in West Virginia.
To help participants with this task, organizers have lined up a series of experts who will present issues and opportunities in West Virginia. Key among those issues is energy security and reliability. A featured panel of experts from the National Guard, the National Energy Technology Laboratory and the FBI will discuss what the state and nation are doing to protect the energy infrastructure.
In addition, experts from Allegheny Power and American Electric Power will discuss electricity transmission; a representative from PJM , an independent transmission system operator, will present information on electricity deregulation and its affect on the electricity infrastructure; and representatives from Columbia Natural Gas Transmission and Dominion Transmission will discuss the natural gas system in the state. Using the information presented, workshop participants will form breakout groups to devise recommendations for state actions.