logo for print


Coal and Energy

Coal Report

Imagine West Virginia commenced this policy development work in April 2007 based on research compiled by the executive director to map West Virginia assets. After serious review, the Board of Governors (BOG) considered present affairs and future-suggested trends and agreed that West Virginia was in a strong position to advance work in the arena of coal energy and the environment. The BOG spent several months gaining insights from extensive studies, experts and research relating to all aspects of the coal value chain, from harnessing to use as an energy resource to environmental impact. These efforts provided an opportunity to advance Imagine West Virginia’s conceptual framework and understanding of coal and provide a clear vision for advancing greater West Virginia leadership related to the resource.


Press Releases and Reports


Guiding Principle Investigator(s)

Imagine West Virginia wishes to thank Professor Richard Lester of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for playing a uniquely prominent role in fostering our greater understanding and thinking on energy policy with respect to coal. Dr. Lester’s profile is referenced below.

Richard LesterRICHARD LESTER the founding Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Industrial Performance Center and Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. His research focuses on industrial innovation and technology strategy, with an emphasis on the energy and manufacturing sectors. He is also active in research and teaching on the management and control of nuclear technology. Professor Lester has led several major studies of national and regional productivity, competitiveness and innovation performance commissioned by governments and industrial groups around the world. His book on the sources of creativity and innovation in advanced economies, Innovation—The Missing Dimension, co-authored with Michael J. Piore, was published by Harvard University Press in 2004. Other recent books include Making Technology Work: Applications in Energy and the Environment (Cambridge University Press, 2004), jointly authored with John M. Deutch, and The Productive Edge: A New Strategy for Economic Growth (W.W. Norton, 2000.)

Web Reference: http://web.mit.edu/ipc/




Letters of Support


Select News & Editorials


Policy Partners


Selected Research, Resources and References