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Treasurer Moore fights for WV fossil energy industries!

On behalf of the West Virginia Coal Association and fossil energy developers everywhere, we’d like to offer our heart-felt appreciation to West Virginia State Treasurer Riley Moore for his efforts to reign in the Biden Administration’s attempts to curtail investments in fossil energy projects.

As described in the article below, Treasurer Moore is leading efforts by state treasurers across the country to warn the Administration they “could withdraw assets from any banks that reduce loans to fossil fuel companies”.

Maintaining the baseload power derived from coal and natural gas is critical for powering America’s energy needs, and doubly important for the economy of state’s like West Virginia and the tens of thousands of jobs they provide our citizens.

Hat’s off to Treasurer Moore!


U.S. State Treasurers Warn Kerry Not To Pressure Banks On Climate

Treasurers from 15 U.S. states warned U.S. climate envoy John Kerry in a letter that they could withdraw assets from any banks that reduce loans to fossil fuel companies, following reports that the Biden administration has pressured financial institutions over such loans.

Riley Moore, state treasurer of coal and natural gas producing West Virginia, said the Biden administration's efforts would, if enacted, cripple fossil fuel companies and threaten jobs of thousands of workers in his state ... (Read More)

Town Hall Meeting Set for Tuesday Evening in Moundsville To Discuss Future of the Mitchell Power Plant

MOUNDSVILLE, W.VA. Concerned citizens and stakeholders in the coal economy of Marshall County and the state will hold a town hall meeting from 6-8pm this Tuesday – May 25 – at the Moundsville Volunteer Fire Department, located at 1228 1st Street, to discuss the future, and highlight the importance, of the Mitchell Power Plant. 

Media are encouraged to attend. 

Hosted by Marshall County House of Delegates member Charlie Reynolds, the event will discuss American Electric Power’s effort to close the plant twelve years prematurely. The West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) is reviewing the case and will issue a determination on the fate of the plant in June. A public comment period is open through June 2 to hear citizen concerns.  To file a comment, click here

Help Your Coal Industry / File A Comment With WVPSC Today!

Calling on all Friends of Coal to “Stand Up and Be Counted”— Let our voices be heard!

As previously announced, the West Virginia Coal Association filed a petition to intervene in a case brought by American Electric Power (AEP) before the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) that is centered around the Mitchell Power Plant is Marshall County, West Virginia. 

The issue is whether the Mitchell Plant should close twelve years ahead of schedule.  If approved, this decision will prematurely eliminate hundreds of coal mining and plant worker jobs and tens of millions of dollars of economic activity that supports Northern West Virginia communities. 

Weekly Production / Consumption Report (April 10 Update)

Total West Virginia coal production increased week over week by +6.43%.  Production from the state's NAPP region increased by +8.72% and by +3.48% in the CAPP region of the state.  National coal production also increased from the previous week by 4.26%, with production from the entire Appalachian region increasing by +3.3%, the Interior region by +4.26% and by +4.56% in the Western region.  Coal production from the entire NAPP thermal region increased by +3.27% week over week. Implied national met production increased by +3.7% from the previous week.

Year to date, coal production in West Virginia is off by -7.3% from the same time last year.  While the state's NAPP region is up +3.3%, production in the CAPP region of the state is off by -17.80% from 2020.

West Virginia Coal Association Applauds Legislature, Governor on Passage of Mining Industry-Related Legislation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Through the passage of various pieces of mining-related legislation, the West Virginia Legislature and Governor Justice showcased their support for coal miners and coal-fired power plant workers during the 2021 Legislative Session. 

“We are so very grateful for the recognition displayed by the Legislature and Governor Justice of the importance of West Virginia’s coal economy,” said Chris Hamilton, President of the West Virginia Coal Association.  “The mining and coal-fired power generation industries remain one of the largest economic generators in the state and state policy leaders recognized that fact through passage of Senate Bill 542, Senate Bill 718 and Senate Bill 677, among others.”