Summary of the ARC-ORCAS Energy Workshops on Creating an Energy Blueprint for Appalachia

Three energy roundtables were convened by the Appalachian Regional Commission to bring together energy technology, economic development, energy production, environmental, policy experts and citizens to discuss how national energy policy and market dynamics are likely to affect the competitive potential of energy resources and job development opportunities in the Appalachian Region over the next decade. The Oak Ridge Center for Advanced Studies (ORCAS), an independent research organization located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was chosen to organize, convene, facilitate, and report. This report summarizes overall findings from the workshops, provides recommendations for the Energy Blueprint’s development and implementation by the ARC, and then provides brief summaries of information discussed at the roundtables.