Securing the South's Energy Future

Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 | 4– 5:30 p.m.

This session will focus on the role both fossil fuels and renewable energy sources will play in Southern states in the years to come. It will include presentations that will address, among other topics, cellulosic ethanol production, lithium-ion batteries and coal-to-liquids technology.


manchinWest Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III

Joe Manchin is serving as West Virginia’s 34th governor. After attending West Virginia University on a football scholarship, he became a successful businessman. He was elected to the legislature in 1982, and served a term as secretary of state before being elected governor in 2004.
As governor, Manchin has improved the state’s economic climate, while reducing West Virginia’s long-term debt and lowering taxes for citizens and businesses. He is committed to making health care affordable and accessible, creating a seamless education system, ensuring prescription drug assistance for seniors and providing more support for veterans.
Under his leadership, more than 23,000 new jobs have been created with more than $8.4 billion in private business investments. West Virginia also led the nation in economic growth from May to August 2008. Working with the legislature, he fixed the state’s workers’ compensation system, established the first comprehensive teacher pay package in more than 15 years, dramatically decreased the state’s debt, slowed the growth of state government payroll, strengthened ethics laws and cut the food tax in half.
Manchin currently serves as president of The Council of State Governments, chairman-elect of the Southern States Energy Board, and a member of the National Governors Association’s Executive Committee. He is the immediate past chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and the Southern Governors’ Association, as well as past state co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission.



nemethKenneth J. Nemeth

Secretary and Executive Director
Southern States Energy Board
Ken Nemeth has served as the Southern States Energy Board’s secretary and executive director since February 1975. He is responsible for the direction, formulation, development, demonstration and implementation of all programs, including the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, the largest of seven regional initiatives funded by the U.S. Department of Energy with more than 100 members.
During Nemeth’s tenure, the board has undertaken initiatives in a wide range of energy and environmental policy and technology areas. These include the creation of international partnerships and coalitions for clean energy, environmental protection and economic development. His diplomatic and political skills facilitated joint partnerships throughout the world. In the 1970s, he was responsible for developing a partnership with the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, to examine the potential for importing natural gas. During the 1990s his leadership enabled the southern region to develop successful collaborative initiatives with the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Industrial Estates Authority of Thailand and the Republic of Viet Nam.
Nemeth currently serves as a member of the National Coal Council and numerous boards, organizations, task forces and partnerships representing energy and environmental strategies and technologies. His service to the region is acclaimed with honors and awards throughout the country. Nemeth is a graduate of Florida State University in Tallahassee.



adkins Kentucky Rep. Rocky Adkins

Kentucky Rep. Rocky Adkins currently serves as House Majority Floor Leader after being chosen for the post by his Democratic colleagues in November 2003. Adkins is serving in his 23rd year as a legislator.
A native of Sandy Hook, Ky., Adkins is a graduate of Elliott County High School and Morehead State University, where he also received his master’s degree in Secondary Education.
Adkins has served on a number of influential committees, including the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation where he served as chairman. As a member of House Leadership, Adkins serves on the Rules Committee, the Committee on Committees, and the Legislative Research Commission.
A leader in the field of energy independence, Adkins has introduced several groundbreaking pieces of legislation that will help our nation achieve energy self sufficiency in the coming years. His legislation includes incentives for the conversion for coal to transportation fuels, use of agricultural products for energy such as bidiesel, biomass, ethanol and cellulose, and greater utilization of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and hydro. Adkins’ legislative initiatives also promote conservation and incentives for energy efficient home building and construction.
He was recently appointed vice chair of the Southern States Energy Board by Chairman West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin who called Adkins, “the South’s lead legislator on energy.” The Southern States Energy Board is a nonprofit interstate organization dedicated to enhancing economic development throughout the region. Adkins was also recently elected chair of CSG’s Southern Legislative Conference’s Energy and Environment Committee.



hamiltonChris R. Hamilton, senior vice president,

West Virginia Coal Association
Chris Hamilton has been with the West Virginia Coal Association for 25 years and has a total of 35 years experience in the coal mining industry. During his tenure with the West Virginia Coal Association, he has held many positions centered around the association’s technical committees and government affairs. Today, he is generally responsible for legislative, regulatory and technical matters affecting the coal industry.
Hamilton came to the association from state government as the former training director for the West Virginia Department of Mines under then-Gov. John D. “Jay” Rockefeller.
Prior to that he had extensive safety and training experience with the industry, operated his own company and worked as an underground miner and section foreman. He has mine foreman certifications from West Virginia and Ohio.
He also has an undergraduate and a master’s degrees from West Virginia University and completed graduate level courses at Marshall University in management, economics and environmental ccience.
He also serves under gubernatorial appointment as co-chairman of the West Virginia Coal Forum, a joint labor-management state entity designed to foster a working dialogue between working miners and coal operating personnel.
He also sits on the West Virginia Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety; West Virginia Board of Miner Training Education & Certification; West Virginia Mine Safety and Technical Review Committee; and the West Virginia Diesel Equipment Commission.



andrewsRodney Andrews

director, University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research
Rodney Andrews is the director of the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research. Before taking that position, he was associate director for the center responsible for the Carbon Materials group. He has worked on coal conversion processes for the development of advanced materials for 12 years. His research interests include production of pitches and heavy aromatics from coal and other fossil resources, biomass utilization for fuels and chemicals, carbon fiber and composites, activated carbon materials, pitch chemistry and characterization, and energy storage. Andrews directed several multi-university and industry-academy collaborative projects. He is currently a member of the executive committee for the U.S. Department of Energy Consortium on Premium Carbon Products from Coal and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal Carbon. Andrews received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky. He is a licensed professional engineer in Kentucky