Recent Submissions

  • ARIES Research Summary 

    Jong, Edmund C.; Boardman, Gregory D.; Karmis, Michael E. (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, 2019-01-03)
    In the mid-2000s, concerns were raised about the impact of Appalachian coal mining and especially mountaintop mining. These concerns were prompted by various research studies that alleged a direct link between coal mining ...
  • ARIES Executive Summary 

    Jong, Edmund C.; Boardman, Gregory D.; Karmis, Michael E. (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, 2019-07-30)
    The following document contains an executive summary of key findings from the Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science (ARIES). Further details for these findings may be found in the referenced peer-reviewed ...
  • A Preliminary Feasibility Study of a New Electricity Transmission Line From the Virginia Coalfield to the Virginia Power System 

    Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research., 1992)
    Virginia House Joint Resolution No. 441 (February, 1991) directed the Virginia State Corporation Commission and the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research (VCCER) to "study means available, prior to 1998, to 'wheel' ...
  • Assessment of Virginia Coalfield Region Capability to Support an Electric Power Generation Industry 

    Zipper, Carl E.; Henritze, Thomas K.; Randolph, John (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research., 1994-01)
    This paper describes the results of research conducted to assess the capacity of the Virginia coalfields to support electric power generation facilities. The research also addressed potential economic impacts of power ...
  • An Examination of Policies to Promote Greater Use of Wood Processing Industry Wastes for Fuel in State Facilities 

    Zipper, Carl E.; Muench, John (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research., 1993)
    The 1992 House Joint Resolution 69 directed the Virginia Coal and Energy Commission, with the assistance of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research (VCCER) and the Brooks Forest Products Center (BFPC), to "examine ...
  • Evaluation of the Virginia Weatherization Program 

    Randolph, John; Greely, Katherine M.; Hill, William H. (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research., 1991-11)
    Since its inception in 1975, the Virginia Weatherization Program has installed energy conservation measures in more than 60,000 low-income housing units. The program has been administered by the Virginia Department of ...
  • B. Water Resources Management in Virginia and the Role of Localities 

    Randolph, John (Virginia Tech. College of Architecture and Urban Studies., 1991-03)
    This report is one of ten volumes that make up the Sourcebook for Local Water Resources Management, which provides a wide range of information to assist localities in Virginia. The compendium was produced by a team from ...
  • High-Extraction Mining, Subsidence, and Virginia’s Water Resources 

    Roth, Richard; Randolph, John; Zipper, Carl (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research., 1990-05)
    The Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research was established in 1977 as an "interdisciplinary study, research, inrormation and resource facility for the Commonwealth. As a public service research organization, the ...
  • Cogeneration/IPP Development in the Virginia Coalfields: Coal and Natural Gas Availability 

    Randolph, John; Zipper, Carl; Hensley, Michael (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research., 1990-05)
    This study attempts to quantify the potential for cogeneration and independent power production (IPP) development based on local ruel availability in the Virginia coalfields. An estimate of available fuel is determined ...
  • Meeting Coal Production Demands in the USA: Upstream issues, challenges, and strategies 

    Gluskoter, Harold J.; Karmis, Michael E.; Luttrell, Gerald H.; Ramani, Raja V.; Vance, George F. (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research., 2008-12)
    The National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP) commissioned this report to review and identify critical “upstream” fuel cycle issues that need to be addressed to ensure that the domestic coal industry can continue meeting ...
  • Assessment of the Risks Associated with Thin Film Solar Panel Technology 

    Reynolds, William, Jr.; Karmis, Michael (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research., 2019-03-08)
    This report reviews the environmental risk profile of utility-scale cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic installations with relevant information from the scientific literature and an audit of the manufacturing and recycling ...
  • Virginia Coal: An Abridged History 

    Hibbard, Walter R., Jr. (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research., 1990-04)
    An abridged history of coal production in Virginia, including data about Virginia coal production and consumption from 1748-1988.
  • A Study of Increased Use of Renewable Energy Resources in Virginia 

    Karmis, Michael (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research., 2005-11-11)
    The objective of this study, as requested by the Virginia Commission on Electric Utility Restructuring, was to review the current status and prospects for renewable energy in Virginia. The study reviews the current generation ...
  • North American Cross-Border Electricity Trade 

    Loomis, Ian M. (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research., 1998-03)
    The extensive trade of goods and services between the United States and Canada includes electricity. In general, this trade involves the shipment of power in both directions across the national border. In recent years the ...
  • Mountain Voices: The Socio-Cultural Ramifications of Declines in Coal Mining Employment and Production in the Southwestern Virginia Coalfields 

    Mooney, Stephen D. (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research., 1998-08)
    The following study, Mountain Voices, was funded by the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research. Its purpose is to allow the people of the southwestern Virginia coalfields—miners and managers, citizens and industry ...
  • Coal Mining Outlook: International, National, and Virginia Trends 

    Karmis, Michael; McDowney, Preston; Ripepi, Nino; Schafrik, Steven; Weisiger, Sean; Walton, Daniel; Kostic, Dennis (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research., 2000-11)
    Coal mining serves an important role as the economic catalyst for Southwest Virginia, providing high paying jobs in an area crippled by unemployment. There are numerous support industries in existence only because of coal ...
  • The Clean Air Act Acid Rain Program: Implications for Virginia’s Coal Producers 

    Gilroy, Leonard; Zipper, Carl E. (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research., 1997-05)
    The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAAA90) established a national program to control sulfur dioxide (SO₂) air emissions that contribute to acid rain formation. The program takes a market-based approach that includes ...
  • Economic Impacts of Virginiais Natural Gas Industries 

    Zipper, Carl; Gilroy, Leonard (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research., 1995-09)
    This study estimates the contributions of the natural gas industries to Virginia's economy. Activities covered by this study include the production of natural gas and associated products from wells in southwestern Virginia, ...
  • Effects of Virginia Coalfield Employment Enhancement Tax Credit Legislation 

    Zipper, Carl E.; Kambhampaty, S. Murthy (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research., 1996-03)
    Coal mining is the major industry in Virginia's far southwestern counties. Coal transportation supports employment in other parts of the state. In 1995, the Virginia General Assembly passed, and the Governor signed, ...
  • In-state Economic Impacts of the Virginia Coal Industry and Potential Coal Production Declines 

    Zipper, Carl (Virginia Tech. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research., 1995-05)
    Production and transportation of coal make a significant contribution to the Virginia economy. Several recent reports, however, indicate that Virginia coal production appears vulnerable to substantial decline in the near ...

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