A leader of West Virginia’s energy industry will deliver the keynote address of a West Virginia University Summer program for educators.

James R. Haney, president of West Virginia Operations for MonPower, the electric distribution business of First Energy, Inc., will speak on the Mountain State’s growing power profile as part of a summer institute that introduces K-12 educators to economic principles related to the environment and natural resources industries.

Haney’s lecture is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 2, at the Westvaco Natural Resources Center in the WVU Forest. It is free and open to the public.

Designed for K-12 educators with little or no previous background in economics, this graduate level workshop is an intense six-day summer session led by faculty in WVU’s Division of Forestry and Natural Resources and a visiting scholar from the Florida State University Department of Economics.

Topics covered in the course include how economic incentives influence human behavior and natural resource decisions, the role free markets play in coordinating economic activity, solving environmental problems with market-based approaches and property rights, and major sources of entrepreneurship, economic growth and progress.

Haney has 34 years of service with MonPower. He is a graduate of WVU with a BS in electrical engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer in West Virginia and Maryland. He serves as a director for the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Leadership West Virginia, West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation, and Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

Haney is also a member of the WV Roundtable. He serves on advisory committees for WVU’s Benjamin Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.

First Energy, Inc. provides service to more than 6 million customers in parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, New Jersey, New York and Maryland

While the lecture is free and open to the public, seating is limited and those interested in attending are requested to contact Patricia Stone, 304-293-4412 or forestry@mail.wvu.edu, to make reservations.



CONTACT: David Welsh, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
304.293.2394, dwelsh@wvu.edu

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