6/9/2014 5:04 PM
by Mike Bundt
The West Virginia Manufacturer's Association is holding their annual leadership conference at Glade Springs Monday and Tuesday.
The conference discusses issues relating to manufacturer's in West Virginia. Matt Letourneau is serving as the keynote speaker of the meetings Monday. He is the Senior Director of Communications for the US Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy and serves as a spokesperson on energy issues. Coal was one of the main topics today at the conference.
"We're talking a lot about energy with the announcement of the EPA proposed rules that's been been on the forefront of the minds of our members" said WVMA President Rebecca Randolph
"It's definitely going to have an impact. We're going to have to completely switch our fuel services here in our country, which is going to mean a lot less coal. Initially, it would mean more natural gas but after a while, even that will start to have too high of emissions footprint, so it's going to make big changes, higher electricity costs and probably lost jobs" said US Chamber Executive Matt Letourneau
More than 90 people attended today's conference.