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Message from the Chairman

Kansas Representative Kyle Hoffman

2018 - 2019 Chairman
The Energy Council

As 2018-2019 begins, the year promises to be one of changes that will shape the Energy Council going forward.

It is a great honor for the Council to induct the State of West Virginia as its 15th member. As the Energy Council’s first state in the Eastern portion of the United States, and home to energy resources including the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays, West Virginia brings a dynamic new perspective to the Energy Council’s table.

One of the Council’s first actions following the unanimous vote to involve West Virginia was to unanimously pass a policy statement supporting the state’s efforts to develop a regional natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) storage, pipeline, and trading hub that will maximize utilization of Marcellus and Utica Shale natural gas resources, providing the basis for petrochemical production and manufacturing to serve all of North America.

As West Virginia marks a new beginning, the departure of the Energy Council’s Executive Director, Lori Cameron, this March, will end a 29 year era. Having served as Executive Director for two thirds of the Council’s existence, she has played a major role in making the Council what it is today. Our Immediate Past Chairman, North Dakota Representative Jeff Delzer is leading a wide-ranging search for an Executive Director to serve during the Council’s next phase of development.

One of the platforms for the search will be this website, which is new for the Council and changes the way we communicate with our members and everyone else. Please let us know your impressions and suggestions after exploring the site.

These changes are occurring as the Energy Council pursues its objectives for the year related to oil and gas impacts – regional to global; electric markets, infrastructure and policy; and energy technologies and policies shaping the future. Topics related to these objectives are woven among the Council’s three themed 2018-2019 conferences.

Along with my colleague, Arkansas Representative Ken Bragg, Chairman of the Council’s affiliate organization, the Center for Legislative Energy and Environmental Research (CLEER), I look forward to working with all of our Energy Council and CLEER friends as this exciting year unfolds.

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