The Eastern Coal Conference Council conference was held this week in Kingsport, Tennessee. Alongside lawmakers, regulators and representatives from major coal and energy employers spoke about issues including creating jobs and protecting consumers in the face of costly regulations.
James Wood, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal at the U.S. Department of Energy, spoke about who would be hit hardest if electricity prices rose:
“Number one, electric rates are going to go up,” he said. “Number two, whether or not construction jobs in the green industry are created, I think there’s virtually no manufacturing jobs that are likely to be created from the replacement of coal…” The burden of the increasing costs that will result, he said, will be borne primarily by “the not so wealthy,” he said.
Assistant Secretary Wood also took time to tour the America’s Power Clean Coal Mobile Classroom, and noted in his speech that the innovations of clean coal technology have reduced the environmental footprint of coal-based generation, all while that generation has increased by 180 percent.
Rep. Morgan Griffith (R) of Virginia spoke about the great impact that coal has on job creation in his district and across the United States:
Representatives from American Electric Power and Dominion Power discussed some of the current challenges and the bright future of clean coal-based generation in the United States. Lisa Moerner, director of environmental policy and sustainability for Dominion, points out that her company “is making investments in coal right now to help us sustain coal as a fuel for the future.”
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