McDonnell Energy Conference Preview
Next week Governor Bob McDonnell will host Virginia’s first Governor’s Conference on Energy at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Craig Carper reports.
Since last year’s campaign, Governor McDonnell has pledged to work toward making Virginia the energy capital of the east coast. His latest effort to accomplish this is a three-day conference on energy, starting next Tuesday.
McDonnell says expanding stable low-cost supplies of energy is one of the most crucial challenges for our state and nation.
McDonnell: The demand for energy is projected to grow much faster than the rate of growth of population over the next couple of years because of the tremendous consumption levels by American industry. The more business we have, the more power we consume and obviously we’re all concerned about reducing our reliance on foreign sources of energy.
We want to be able to listen to people from around the country say what they think are some good strategies for pursuing independence, increasing conservation and, frankly, creating thousands and thousands of new jobs by expanding Virginia’s core competencies in the energy industry.
The agenda for the conference includes exhibitions, targeted meetings and breakout sessions and speeches by Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana Scott Angelle and oil magnate and alternative energy advocate T. Boone Pickens.
For more information or to register for the conference you can go to vsbn.org. Preregistration closes at 5pm today.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Capitol Square