State of the State: West Virginia

By January 16, 2010Around the States, Energy

Continuing our look at this year’s State of the State addresses, we turn to West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat. In his 2010 address on Wednesday, Jan. 13, he did not mention manufacturing and the only reference to industry was a passing reference to taxation of industrial property.

But this exercise — searching only for the terms “manufacturing” and the like — is limited. Manchin, a Democrat, certainly gave manufacturers prominent play in his speech, especially in the area of energy and coal:

We have more than 1,000 megawatts of wind power in service or in development – that’s enough to power more than 250,000 homes! And we have the third-largest wind capacity of any eastern state.

The world’s first successful carbon capture and sequestration project is at AEP’s Mountaineer Power Plant in Mason County, and an advanced pilot project is capturing CO2 at the Dow Chemical plant in South Charleston.

These pilot projects will lead the way for implementation of this technology at coal-fired power plants around the world.

Plans are moving ahead on a coal-to-liquids project in Mingo County that will use state-of-the-art cleaner coal technology. Through this technology, West Virginia coal will be our primary energy source as we make the transition to the fuels of the future.

Manchin also gave a plug to developing the natural gas resources in the Marcellus Shale.

Earlier posts on states of the state.

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