Our Integrated Energy strategy has more than just national collaboration between right/left and RE/Fossil Fuels in mind, we intend to develop a market-based strategy for combating poverty very much in line with Bono’s statement in Forbes where “job creators and innovators are just the key, and aid is just a bridge;” we call it Applied Sustainability. On September 24th, representatives from central Appalachian coalfields are holding a policy workshop in Charleston West Virginia. Below, we have provided additional details along with power point (click on image):
Through the lens of energy integration and using both Mingo and McDowell Counties as a case study, this strategy session is focusing on economic diversification as an essential component to addressing the growing concern of poverty in our state. This panel will discuss the merits of West Virginia developing an all-the-above energy strategy founded upon stimulating the research and development of novel approaches to energy integration. If viable, this proposal will look at existing and potential policies that may work in a synergistic manner to encourage economic diversification in Southern WV, home to some of the most economically distressed counties in the state and country. One example that will be discussed during this session is the development of legislation that encourages the emergence of Integrated Energy Park (IEP) clusters throughout Southern WV that directly relate to existing post-mine land use projects such as the King Coal Highway. IEPs will build from many energy resources including:
- Natural Gas
When considering this legislative avenue, this session will emphasize the importance of energy integration which encourages technological linkages between a variety of resources (both Fossil Fuel and RE) with the end goal of stimulating technological innovation – the foundation of developing a culture of entrepreneurship.
Relationship to Childhood Poverty
As one of the root causes of poverty, the lack of economic diversification has arguably been a thorn in the side of southern West Virginia since the birth of our state. Our hope through this strategy session is to identify specific steps to build upon existing energy resources in a manner which spurs a diverse economic landscape – the basic infrastructure which may provide a robust entrepreneurial eco-system for generating local wealth that will in turn rebuild the institutional landscape (e.g., schools) to directly change the conditions which cause childhood poverty in central Appalachia.
For more information please visit: WV Policy Symposium – Our Children Our Future