Charleston, W.Va. – Chris Hamilton, president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia Coal Association offers the following statement regarding the mining industry’s position on the West Virginia Public Service Commission’s hearing today to extend the lifespan of three American Electric Power coal-fired power plants.

“West Virginia’s mining industry fully supports the West Virginia Public Service Commission’s (WV PSC) August 14th decision that unconditionally approved AEP’s request to comply with federally mandated environmental requirements at the John Amos, Mountaineer and Mitchell coal-fired power plants and we fully support AEP’s request for full cost recovery.

Seeking realistic reductions in carbon emissions is a noteworthy cause and is shared by many state students, residents and businesses.

To the surprise of some, the coal industry is part of this movement and, together with our in-state electric utilities, have made substantial gains over time and reductions that have placed our energy assets among the best in the world.

During recent times, much of airborne contaminants have been eliminated, while the amount of coal used to manufacture electricity for a household has tripled. This is a phenomenal and noteworthy achievement.

Innovate. Don’t eliminate.

That’s the commonsense position Senator Manchin takes when environmental extremists say we should do away with fossil fuels, and coal mining specifically.

What may be surprising is the coal industry and our utilities have been working to decrease emissions from our operations through innovation for decades. 

In fact, over 90% of all airborne contaminants have been eliminated, while the amount of coal used to manufacture electricity has tripled. 

This is a phenomenal and noteworthy record!

Unfortunately, industry detractors call for the immediate elimination of coal usage.  They deny any benefit to the approximately fourteen billion dollars in economic impact our industries provide to West Virginia and the workers we employ. 

They also deny the critical importance of fossil energy to assuring uninterrupted power, grid stability, and overall energy security. 

They choose to eliminate, not innovate.

West Virginia is demonstrating it’s possible to have a world class energy sector that provides jobs while being a model for employing carbon-reduction technologies.

A message from the Friends of Coal.

WV Coal Association

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Many hold up California and New York as shining examples of the clean energy movement. 

But West Virginia, with all its fossil energy commerce and thousands of energy workers, ranks nearly four times better than California and two times better than New York in overall carbon output. 

“California Dreamin” takes on new meaning when confronted with the facts! 

West Virginia’s coal industry and electric utilities have been working to decrease emissions for decades. 

In fact, over 90% of all airborne contaminants have been eliminated, while the amount of coal used to manufacture electricity has tripled. 

This is a phenomenal and noteworthy record!

Unfortunately, industry detractors call for the immediate elimination of coal usage.  They deny any benefit to the fourteen billion dollars in economic impact our industries provide and the workers we employ. 

They also deny the critical importance of fossil energy to assuring uninterrupted power, grid stability, and energy security. 

West Virginia is demonstrating we can have a world class energy sector that provides jobs, while being a model for employing carbon reduction technologies.

A message from the Friends of Coal.

Charleston, W.Va. - - The West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame, a joint initiative between the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute and the West Virginia Coal Association and housed at the WVU Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources in Morgantown, inducted its newest class of honorees at a ceremony Tuesday evening, June 22, at the Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown.