ROANOKE, W.Va. — Business leaders from across the state are gathered at Stonewall Jackson Resort to talk energy. It’s the annual Governor’s Energy Summit. It brings together energy producers from around West Virginia to talk about their business, the future of energy here in the state and the problems they’re facing.

“In the case of West Virginia, we’re a very strong energy player. We are a major producer of energy: coal, natural gas and electricity for the rest of the nation,” said Jeff Herholdt, the director of the West Virginia Division of Energy.

During the two-day event which got started Thursday afternoon, participants will hear from 24 different speakers. They come from a range of energy industries with different points of view.

“We are very keen that the nation should focus on all developing all of its cost-competitive energy resources,” explained Herholdt. “That’s what we’re highlighting.

Topics for the event vary from small-scale solar and wind, coal to liquids, shale gas and Appalachian petroleum. Herholdt stressed it’s a chance for all industries to share ideas and concerns.

“We have tables of ten people each. They’ll be sitting around and certainly having conversations about the presentations that go on. This is a great learning experience for everybody,” Herholdt said.

Also on the summit agenda Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and Second District Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito.

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  • DeeDee

    1. Make a law that electricity created in WV serves West Virginians first. If there is a surplus, then....
    2. Sell it to out-of-state companies after tacking on a 50% export tax.

    The taxes could certainly offset the loss from coal severance taxes and maybe even allow the electricity rates in WV to be reasonable.

    • really?

      DeeDee... I'm sure you won't mind paying an extra 50% for the food you eat, clothes you buy or the car you drive since all that came from out of state - right?

  • Aaron

    I would venture to guess that state conventions account for 90-95% of Stonewall's revenue.

    • Dave. Just Dave.

      Heaven knows people who live here can't afford the place.

    • Larry

      I would say you're right, if you're wrong it's because the percentage is slightly higher.

  • Hop'sHip

    Why do we need an energy summit? Coal is a West Virginia. That is all anyone needs to know.

    • Wowbagger


      Somebody has to try to keep the boondoggle at Roanoke from loosing too much money!

      What better way than to invite a lot of executives, politicos, and press to an event in tn the middle of nowhere to talk to one another and hope they spend a night or two, pay registration to rent the place, and buy some meals.