Washington Coal Club welcomes WVU expert to discuss renewable energy production on mined lands in Appalachia

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16 June 2009 –

Morgantown, WV – Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI) of the WVU National Research Center for Coal and Energy, spoke to the Washington Coal Club about the work the WVWRI is doing that would help keep energy production a viable part of the Appalachian economy after coal is mined. The WCC meets monthly to hear from experts about the latest trends in energy.

Ziemkiewicz is recognized nationally and internationally for his work in mine land reclamation. In his presentation, Options for Post Mining Land use in Southern West Virginia, Ziemkiewicz described WVWRI studies to develop a framework for the establishment of sustainable energy production on mine-scarred lands. Many of these formerly mined sites offer outstanding opportunities for the development of renewable energy resources such as biomass, wind, and solar power. The strategy has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lessen our dependence on foreign sources of energy while helping to support rural economies, said Ziemkiewicz.

Ziemkiewicz’s presentation is available at:

The West Virginia Water Research Institute, a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at WVU, coordinates programs focused on preserving and restoring the natural environment through research and partnerships with industry, government agencies, academia and the public. Using the expertise of faculty from across the campus of WVU, many of the Institute’s programs focus on solving environmental problems associated with energy production in the Appalachian Region.

The Washington Coal Club is a District of Columbia non-profit organization which meets monthly to provide a forum with knowledgeable speakers to discuss coal and industry related matters. The diverse membership includes coal producers, users and transporters, federal and state legislators, associations focused on coal’s role in the American economy, researchers, and policy makers.

For more information about WVWRI programs and services contact Dave Saville at 304-293-2867 x 5458.

Posted June 16, 2009