Increasing energy prices may offer opportunities and pose challenges to the states coal industry. Experts will speak about the national issues facing the states coal industry at the fourth and final Energy Roadmap Workshop on Coal Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 1:15-4:30 p.m. at the Town Center Marriott in Charleston. The event is sponsored by the West Virginia Coal Forum, the West Virginia Development Office, and West Virginia University National Research Center for Coal and Energy.

Topics and panel members include:

* West Virginia Coal Issues Panel at 1:30 p.m.

* Jeff Herholdt * , West Virginia Development Office, panel moderator

A Perspective on Energy Supply and Demand with an Emphasis on the Role of Coal

Dr. Calvin Kent * , Director, Center for Business and Economic Research, Marshall University

*Coals Contribution to State Finances

Mark Muchow * , Director of Fiscal Policy, West Virginia Division of Tax&Revenue

*The Future of Coal in West Virginia

Bill Raney * , President, West Virginia Coal Association

*New Coal TechnologiesOpportunities for West Virginia

Rita A. Bajura * , Director (invited), National Energy Technology Laboratory

*National Coal Issues Panel at 2:55 p.m.

Chris Hamilton * , West Virginia Coal Forum and West Virginia Coal Association, panel moderator

Today&Tomorrows Environmental Issues Facing the Coal Industry

Steve Miller * , President, Center for Energy&Economic Development

*Challenges Facing Southern West Virginia Coal Production

Don Blankenship * , President, Massey Energy

*Status of Our Electric InfrastructureOpportunities for Growth

Mark Dempsey , Vice President External Affairs, AEP Appalachian Power

*CoalOur National Energy Resource

Gen. Richard Lawson * , Chairman of the Energy, Environment and Security Group and past president of the National Mining Association

The public is invited to attend the workshop. A light lunch buffet will be available at 12:30 p.m. with remarks beginning at 1:15 p.m. The walk-in registration fee is $45.