Building a Resilient West Virginia: Taking Control of the Mountain State's Future
Coal communities in the Central Appalachian region are bearing the consequences of a global energy transition. Demand for coal continues to decline as utilities switch to natural gas-fired generation and renewable energy resources, while regulation of fossil fuel pollutants has become more stringent due to concerns about public health and the global climate. Policymakers at the federal level are recognizing the pressing need for addressing the devastating impacts being borne by coal communities arising from this “clean energy” transition.
The fifth annual National Energy Conference, hosted by the West Virginia University College of Law, will examine the cause and effect of these trends in the coal industry, the economy-wide repercussions within Central Appalachia, and possible solutions for West Virginia that would put the state on a more resilient path.
This free, one-day conference features speakers from industry, academic institutions, public policy organizations, and environmental groups, highlighted by keynote speakers Senator Jay Rockefeller and Charles Patton, president and chief operating officer of Appalachian Power.
March 3-5, 2016
This competition, hosted by the WVU College of Law Moot Court Board, highlights emerging trends in energy law as well as recent developments in sustainable energy production. The winners of the competition will receive scholarships in recognition of their superior appellate advocacy skills.
The competition is geared toward any law students desiring to work in the energy and sustainability law field. Competing in this event will test your skills and provide an invaluable opportunity to meet and interact with other law students interested in energy and sustainability as well as industry professionals and government regulators.
The public is invited to attend the competition’s semifinal and final rounds on Saturday, March 5 in the WVU College of Law's Lugar Courtroom.
For more information about the competition, please visit Energy Competition .