House Energy Update

Yesterday on Thursday, House Energy ran HB2637 – “Excluding electric generating facilities designated as an exempt wholesale generator from being regulated by the PSC.” The purpose of this bill is to exclude electric generating facilities designated as an exempt wholesale generator from being regulated by the commission; requires electric generating facilities owners, operators, or constructors, intending to generate electricity for sale not designated an exempt wholesale generator to only be subject to the commission to obtain a siting certificate prior to construction; and to exclude electric generating facilities from siting requirements to make modifications to facilities.

During discussion of the bill, Delegate Evan Hansen offered an amendment to add in The MOJO Act! House Bill 2589 enables large energy producers to access cheaper renewable energy so they can create and protect manufacturing jobs in the state. It would also invite modern tech companies to the state which have renewable energy targets. We fully support Delegate Hansen’s MOJO act to bring jobs and increase solar in West Virginia.

The amendment was claimed as relevant to the bill, but the bill in its entirety was tabled. It may come back up on the agenda!

Updated: February 15, 2019 — 4:35 pm

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  1. The MOJO Act is a good addition to the bill. Energy alternatives are needed in WV in order to bring in new progressive energy users, thus creating jobs.

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