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Newsletter article WVEC March 5, 2021
Update on Bills to Support
As we approach the halfway point of the 2021 legislative session there are a few bills we are supporting that are still pending in committees. SB30, sponsored by Senator Trump, which would permit third-party ownership of renewable and alternative energy generating facilities, is currently in the Senate Committee on Economic Development with a second reference to Senate Government Organization. More
Issues: Energy efficiencyPower purchase agreementsState parks
Newsletter article WVEC February 26, 2021
Two Bills to Support This Week
HB2667, introduced by Delegate Clay Riley, is intended to promote cost savings for state taxpayers by implementing: an energy savings program for assessment and implementation of energy savings goals for state buildings and provide for prequalification of energy savings performance contractors; auditing energy metering devices installed at state buildings; and establishing benchmarking and energy efficiency goals for state buildings. More
Issues: Energy efficiencyPower purchase agreementsRenewable energy
Legislative Updates WVEC February 26, 2021
GREEN, Volume 31 Issue 4
If you have been keeping up with our social media, you are aware that we, along with other WV advocacy organizations, requested a public hearing for HB 2598 from both Delegate Anderson and Delegate Pack, which were denied. In response to these denials, we collaborated with WV Rivers Coalition, OVEC, WV CAG and WV Sierra Club to host our own People’s Public Hearing today to which all legislators and members of the public were invited. More
Issues: Energy efficiencyInfrastructurePollutionPower purchase agreementsWater
Newsletter article WVEC February 26, 2021
E-Day Just Around the Corner – Are You Registered?
Since we will all be gathering virtually, registration is required but free. A suggested donation of $10.00 would help fund our hard-working 2021 lobby team. More
Issues: Event
Action Alerts WVEC February 26, 2021
Just Announced: Virtual Public Hearing on Water Quality Standards Rule/Must Call Between 3:00 and 4:00 PM Today to Register
Just Announced: Virtual Public Hearing on Water Quality Standards Rule/Must Call Between 3:00 and 4:00 PM Today to Register More
Issues: LegislationWater
Newsletter article WVEC February 26, 2021
Member Spotlight: West Virginia Citizen Action Group
One of the founding members of the WVEC, West Virginia Citizen Action Group (CAG) has been in the trenches fighting for social and environmental justice since 1974.  More
Issues: Social justice
Newsletter article WVEC February 26, 2021
Reimagine Appalachia Releases Jobs Report
This week, ReImagine Appalachia released a study that finds that West Virginia will gain 41,100 new family-wage jobs if the federal government makes the smart, efficient investments needed to bring our nation’s infrastructure into the 21st Century. More
Issues: InfrastructureJobsLegislation
Action Alerts WVEC February 20, 2021
Your Calls Needed by Monday! Zombie Aboveground Storage Tank Act on House Energy Agenda on Tuesday
Remember the Freedom Industries disaster? The bill to exempt oil and gas tanks is back (AKA The Aboveground Storage Tank Act) and is on the House Energy Committee's agenda for this Tuesday, February 23. This year's bill, HB 2598, is similar to last year's rollback attempt - which you defeated! It would exempt certain oil and gas tanks that are closest to our public drinking water intakes. If this bill passes, over 1,000 tanks in 27 counties would become unregulated. View fact sheets from West Virginia Rivers Coalition to learn more. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksWater
Newsletter article WVEC February 19, 2021
Important information on the water quality standards rule
Fill out the action alert here to tell your House Judiciary Committee members that you oppose the weakening of our water quality standards. More
Issues: LegislationWater
Newsletter article WVEC February 19, 2021
Join Us for Virtual E-Day – March 10!
Please join us on March 10 for this year's virtual E-Day! The event is free but Zoom registration is required. Find out more on our Facebook event page. (Suggested donation is $10.00 to support our lobby team.) More
Issues: EventLegislation
Newsletter article WVEC February 19, 2021
Reimagine Appalachia to Release Jobs Report
Join Reimagine Appalachia on Thursday, February 25 at 10 a.m. via Facebook Live or Zoom for an in-depth discussion of its West Virginia Jobs Report. The Political Research Economy Institute will report on its economic analysis of how many family-sustaining jobs the ReImagine Appalachia blueprint can create in West Virginia if a bold federal stimulus package is passed. More
Issues: LegislationSocial justice
Newsletter article WVEC February 19, 2021
Member Spotlight: Solar United Neighbors of West Virginia
Solar United Neighbors (SUN) of West Virginia is a nonprofit helping people go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights with a goal of making rooftop solar the cornerstone of a modern, clean energy system. SUN's West Virginia program is one of 12 state field programs operated by this national organization. More
Issues: Renewable energy
Legislative Updates WVEC February 19, 2021
GREEN, Volume 31 Issue 3
Complete our action alert and call House Energy Committee members to let them know you oppose HB 2598, the Aboveground Storage Tank Act bill. This bill will be on the House Energy agenda on Tuesday, February 23. Read below to find more information on this legislation. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksPollutionRenewable energyWater
Newsletter article WVEC February 12, 2021
Member Spotlight: West Virginia Rivers Coalition
Each week during the Legislative Session, we will feature one of our member organizations. These groups from across the state support the WVEC by having a seat on our board and contributing financially so we can fund our lobby team each session. We could not do our important work without their support! More
Issues: Water
Newsletter article WVEC February 12, 2021
ICYMI: We Recommend You Give This a Listen
Last month, WVEC board and lobby team folks attended this event sponsored by the West Virginia Center on Climate Change, Friends of Blackwater, and the WVU College of Law  and we recommend checking it out!  More
Issues: Climate change
Legislative Updates WVEC February 12, 2021
GREEN, Volume 31 Issue 2
Welcome to what will be a weekly newsletter for the next 8 weeks as we work to keep you informed on what is happening at the WV Capitol. The WVEC lobby team has hit the ground running. Since our last newsletter, Rob Casto joined Hannah King on the team - please read on for more about them both. Welcome, Rob! More
Issues: Climate changeLegislationPower purchase agreementsWater
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Newsletter article WVEC January 22, 2021
2021 Legislative Session Just Around the Corner
Happy New Year, everyone! We are glad to finally put 2020 in the past and hopefully the new administration will strengthen federal environmental protections & continue to put forth progressive and sustainable changes. More
Issues: Legislation
Newsletter article WVEC January 21, 2021
Fighting for Our Energy Freedom
WV Environmental Council is a member of West Virginians for Energy Freedom, a coalition once again leading the charge to legalize on-site Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in our state. Legislation to allow PPAs was introduced with bipartisan support in 2019 and 2020. More
Issues: Renewable energy
Newsletters WVEC January 21, 2021
GREEN, Volume 31 Issue 1
With the start of a new year comes the legislative session. It's hard to believe we are less than a month away with the session starting February 10. We expect things to be much different this year. Access to the Capitol building will be limited and the process for posting agendas and confirming public hearings is unclear.  More
Issues: Climate changeHealthLegislationWater
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