02.19.16

Capito Visits Longview Power

Senator Shelley Moore Capito visited the Longview Power Plant in Maidsville early Friday morning to tour the facility and meet with employees.

Just a few weeks ago, Senator Joe Manchin made a similar visit. Capito was there to learn more about Longview's contributions to the coal industry, and how the new technology and resources can help it continue to grow in West Virginia.

Capito says Friday was a good way to see how more and more families can live off these resources.

"Here at Longview, what I've seen today, is efficient, top of the technology, cleanest, and really affordable energy produced from coal," Senator Capito said. "The resources are right here, the mine is right here, the innovations that Longview has made, I think is an example for the rest of the country."

Longview employs more than 500 people, and they believe coal can help working West Virginians.

"What's key here is that people realize that clean coal technology does exist, are commercially feasible, and they're operating," said Jeffrey Keffer, the CEO of Longview Power. "So that everyone who talks about the demise of coal can realize that that's really too soon to say that. To have the Senator come to affirm what we're doing here and to take it back to Washington is huge."

Keffer believes his company can be the future of the coal industry, not just in the state, but across the country too.


By:  Austin Pollack
Source: WDTV