West Virginia Public Energy Authority

West Virginia will maintain real-time, firsthand knowledge of the status of each power plant, its life cycle, and whether there are concerns of household power supplies being disrupted.

The West Virginia Public Authority (WVPEA) will also help coordinate the output of merchant plants with capacity needs of regulated plants. Additionally, the WVPEA will assist in developing the next generation of coal plants and long-term energy policies that use all of West Virginia’s resources.

WVPEA Members

Secretary Ed Gaunch, Department of Commerce (Chair)
Secretary Harold Ward, Department of Environmental Protection (Board Member)
Director Kris Warner, Economic Development Authority (Board Member)
Charles “Charlie” Burd (Board Member)
Nicholas S. Preservati (Board Member)
Jeffrey “Jeff” Allen (Board Member)
Jeff Herholdt (Board Member)



May 25, 2022

10:00 AM – Noon

  • Call to Order.

  • Determine that a Quorum is present.

  • Approval of minutes from April 27, 2022 meeting.

  • Presentations

    • John Kotek; Senior Vice President of Policy Development and Public Affairs from the Nuclear Institute in Washington, D.C.

    • Chris Hamilton; President of West Virginia Coal Association

  • Announcements

  • Remarks by members.