05 Jan '12, 3pm

West Virginia Energy Outlook 2012: Identifying Synergies Between Renewables and Fossil Fuel

More than thirty years later I am happy to report that this dream of unity is emerging in the 2nd largest coal producing state in America. As the age old “us vs. them” debate continues, many West Virginia residents, companies and entrepreneurs are beginning to identify synergies between renewable energy and fossil fuels, specifically building unexpected coalitions in the heart of coal country. As a social milieu that is built upon a long and proud tradition of producing coal to fuel the development of the first industrial revolution, what opportunities are on the horizon for WV playing a role in simultaneously maintaining its dominance as an energy producer as well as bringing about a less anti-coal version of what Jeremy Rifken has deemed the Third Industrial Revolution ? Using WV as a test bed, it is my belief that a network economy can only emerge from a mutually benefi...

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