WVU Energy Institute serves to facilitate collaborative and innovative
solutions to the energy future of West Virginia and the United States.
As the central coordinating institution for energy research at the flagship, land-grant university in West Virginia, it is central to the Energy Institute's mission to work with stakeholders within the university and across the state and region to help further the land-grant mission. A key aspect of that land-grant mission is to assist in stimulating economic development in West Virginia.
The National Research Center for Coal and Energy became part of the Energy
Institute in spring 2019, in recognition of the focus and important role it
has played, and will continue to play, in WVU's long-standing commitment to
research into safe, reliable and environmentally protective extraction and uses
of West Virginia's coal resources.
The Energy Institute is a member of the Carbon Utilization Research Council, as well as the National Coal Council. The former is a strong advocate for national policies that treat coal as a valuable source of American energy, and include its leadership role in 2019 to revisions to section 45Q tax benefits associated with capturing and storing carbon emissions, as well as strong advocacy for federal research programs, and adequate funding to support coal research programs. The latter is a FACA committee that advises the U.S. Secretary of Energy on research and policy issues the stimulate the safe and clean use of coal.
The Energy Institute also is the U.S. lead of the Advanced Coal TechnologyConsortium under the U.S. Department of Energy's U.S. China Clean Energy Research Center, presently in its eight year of activity. The consortium includes four U.S. research universities, several U.S. national laboratories including the National Energy Technology Laboratory, as well as a number of private sector members. Its purpose is to advance technologies that will make coal use for electric energy production less expensive, more efficient and more reliable.