About the Energy Roadmap Workshop Series
On February 14, 2001, then-Governor Bob Wise signed Executive Order Number 5-01 creating the Energy Task Force whose charter was to outline a 20-year roadmap for West Virginia to play a leadership role in energy. The task force, headed by Patrick Esposito, Ph.D., of Morgantown, included recommendations for workshops to further evaluate specific opportunities. The West Virginia Development Office noted these recommendations and worked with West Virginia University’s National Research Center for Coal and Energy and the College of Business and Economics to sponsor and coordinate four workshops in 2003 about wind, coalbed natural gas, hydrogen, and energy infrastructure. Subsequently, the West Virginia Coal Forum approached the Development Office about continuing the series with a special emphasis on coal-related issues. As a result, four workshops on coal were conducted during 2004 focusing on workforce development, economic impact, utilization technologies, and national trends. Information from these eight workshops is provided in this website.