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Newsletter article Karan Ireland March 12, 2018
Legislative Wrap-Up
On the 10th day of the legislative session, I remember thinking, “wow, this is going to be a long sixty days.” But, as with anything, time flies when you’re having fun. Today is the last day of the 2nd session of the 83rd West Virginia Legislature, or “sine die.” The environmental bills we’ve been watching have either passed or died and all that’s left is to wait for the crack of the gavel at midnight. More
Issues: CoalEnergyForced poolingLegislationLogging
Legislative Updates WVEC March 3, 2018
GREEN, Volume 28 Issue 8
In a dramatic turn of events, SB 600 which would have allowed discounted utility rates for large industrial energy users, but would have raised residential rates, was defeated on the Senate floor on crossover. SB270 is also dead. More
Issues: EnergyLegislationLoggingWVEC event
Action Alerts WVEC February 28, 2018
WV Senate rejects SB 600
THANK YOU! In another victory for ratepayers, Senate Bill 600 failed to get a majority vote today in Charleston. While the bill was rejected, we know that the utilities are fighting for it and we don’t want to see SB 600 reconsidered today or tomorrow. More
Issues: EnergyLegislation
Power plant
Newsletter article Karan Ireland February 24, 2018
SB 600- Handouts to Industry; Who’s Looking Out for Ratepayers?
SB 600 offers discounted electric rates to industrial users and manufacturers whose rates, like everyone’s, have continued to skyrocket in the past few years. However, someone is going to have to make up the cost of these discounts and, per usual, it’s not going to be the utility shareholders. It’s going to be you and me. More
Issues: EnergyLegislation
Power plant
Action Alerts WVEC February 21, 2018
SB 600- Handouts to Industry; Who’s Looking Out for Ratepayers?
SB 600 offers discounted electric rates to industrial users and manufacturers whose rates, like everyone’s, have continued to skyrocket in the past few years. However, someone is going to have to make up the cost of these discounts and, per usual, it’s not going to be the utility shareholders. It’s going to be you and me. More
Issues: EnergyLegislation
Newsletter article Karan Ireland January 12, 2018
Karan Ireland, WVEC Lobby Coordinator
Hi, E-Council friends! My name is Karan Ireland and I am your new E-Council lobby coordinator. While this is my first year working for the West Virginia Environmental Council, it’s not my first year walking the halls of the Capitol in support of sound environmental policy. I look forward to digging in on legislation related to: water quality standards, forced pooling, energy issues, and “regulatory reform.” More
Issues: CoalEnergyLegislationOil and gasWater
Legislative Updates Laura Davidson February 23, 2017
GREEN Vol. 27 Issue 3
During week two of the West Virginia Legislature, we faced the House Judiciary Committee where HB 2506, a bill that would further endanger our already fragile drinking water supply, was railroaded through. We called and you answered! The fight is far from over. A Public Hearing on HB 2506 is scheduled for 8:30am on Monday, February 27, 2017, which is also E-Day! We need you again to show up and speak out! More
Issues: EdayEnergyLegislationNatural gasOil and gasPollutionRenewable energyWaterWVEC event
Action Alerts Ciera Pennington September 28, 2016
WVEC/WVHC 2016 Fall Conference Schedule & Registration
Fall is finally here, which can only mean one thing – our annual Fall Conference is right around the corner! We’re excited to be teaming up with our friends and partners at the WV Highlands Conservancy to co-host the conference this year. More
Issues: Clean electionsClimate changeEnergyFrackingPollutionRenewable energySocial justiceWVEC event
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Newsletter article Bill Price February 12, 2016
The Supreme Spin!!
I would imagine, unless you’ve been incapacitated by the latest flu bug, that you have heard about the Supreme Court decision of last Tuesday night regarding the Clean Power Plan (CPP). More
Issues: EnergyEnergy efficiencyRenewable energy
Power plant
Newsletter article Rob Goodwin February 14, 2015
HB2004 Anti-Clean Power Plan Bill heads to Senate Floor with $500,000 Fiscal Note
On Thursday, February, 12th the Senate Judiciary committee sent HB2004 to the Senate floor with an expected vote this week. HB2004 will require legislative approval before any state plan is submitted to EPA under the proposed Clean Power Plan rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Representatives of the WVDEP, Alpha Natural Resources, and the Attorney General’s office spoke before the committee and answered questions on the proposed measure. More
Issues: CoalEnergyEnergy efficiency
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Legislative Updates WVEC February 2, 2015
GREEN Vol. 25 Issue 3
Update on AREPS Repeal/Net Metering, WVDEP Budget and Civil Penalties, Support Category A Protection for Our Waters, A Little More about Coal’s Wish List , Energy Efficiency is Good for West Virginians, Join Us for E-Day! and other important stuff, Bills We Are Tracking More
Issues: DEPEnergyEnergy efficiencyNet metering
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Newsletter article Jim Kotcon February 1, 2015
Energy Efficiency is Good for West Virginians. Amend Com Sub HB 2004.
HB 2004 amends the WV Air Pollution Control Act (22-5-20) to require legislative approval for any state plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants. The Committee Substitute also eliminates the language, 22-5-20-(c) (4), that directs a state plan include counting emissions from power plants that closed recently, as well as reductions in emissions from energy efficiency programs. More
Issues: CoalEnergyEnergy efficiency
Energy efficiency
Action Alerts Conni Lewis February 1, 2015
Public Hearing Monday February 2, 5pm. Come to the Capitol
HB2004, and its Senate companion SB4, would ensure "legislative control over any state compliance plan" the DEP develops once the rule is final. It limits the agency's flexibility in creating a workable compliance plan. While the House Judiciary committee did revise the bill, it still requires DEP to get legislative approval before submitting a plan to EPA. The legislation requires DEP to prepare a feasibility report that would include the effects of the rule on the state. This report would impose costs on an agency that would be better used to create the complliance plan. And the state only has one year to comply with the rule. The result could be an EPA imposed plan on West Virginia without considering West Virginia's ability to comply. More
Issues: EnergyEnergy efficiency
Action Alerts Rob Goodwin January 28, 2015
Act Now! Let West Virginia Plan for a Clean Energy Future.
Republican obstructionists at the capitol in Charleston are defending the statues quo and obstructing a cleaner and brighter future for West Virginia. The House Judiciary committee has denied a public hearing request on a bill that will in effect cause the federal government to make a clean power plan for West Virginia. HB 2004 will prohibit the state from creating new programs in energy efficiency that will lower electric bills and save West Virginian's money. More
Issues: EnergyRenewable energy
Legislative Updates WVEC January 25, 2015
GREEN Vol. 25 Issue 2
Dismantling Silos | Can Young Innovation and Entrepreneurship Change the Course of the 2015 Regressive Legislature? | Repeal of the Alternative and Renewable Portfolio Standards Act Passes both Houses | Debate highlights W.Va.’s inaction on energy diversity, efficiency | Here’s a Great Idea–Let’s Shoot Ourselves in Both Feet! | Important Dates ‘n Other Stuff | Bills We Are Tracking More
Issues: DEPEnergyEnergy efficiencyRenewable energyWater
Net metering
Newsletter article Rob Goodwin January 25, 2015
Can Young Innovation and Entrepreneurship Change the Course of the 2015 Regressive Legislature?
There is one thing that repealing the WV Alternative Energy and Renewal Portfolio Standard (SB1), legislation limiting flexibility in the creation of a State Clean Power Plan HB2004 / SB4, and mandating state DHHR, DNR, DEP rules are no more stringent than federal rules (HB2269) have in common. They are priority bills at the top of the 2015 Legislature’s agenda closing doors for opportunities in innovation and entrepreneurship. More
Issues: DEPEnergyEnergy efficiencyRenewable energy
Newsletter article Ken Ward January 25, 2015
Debate highlights W.Va.’s inaction on energy diversity, efficiency
As lawmakers move to dismantle West Virginia’s six-year-old alternative-energy law, they tout their action as another effort to help the state’s declining coal industry. However, state records show that the 2009 law actually does little to hurt the coal industry and maybe even less to really promote alternatives like wind energy or solar power. West Virginia’s coal-heavy utilities say they have been — and will continue to be — able to meet the law without adding new renewable generation. More
Issues: CoalEnergyEnergy efficiency
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Action Alerts Vickie Wolfe January 22, 2015
Before 2:00 p.m.: Contact House Energy Committee Members on CPP
Before 2:00 p.m.: Contact House Energy Committee Members on CPPBelow is an article by Emmett Pepper for WV-CAG’s newsletter on Friday. H.B. 2004 has appeared on the agenda of the House Energy Committee today at 2:00 p.m. Please call or e-mail the members right away and ask them to make one of the two changes Emmett suggests below. More
Issues: DEPEnergyEnergy efficiency
Legislative Updates WVEC January 19, 2015
GREEN Vol. 25 Issue 1
Introducing the New Lobbying Team |House and Senate committees take up repeal of AREP Act early on | Yes, you can! Make a difference, that is | The January 9th Chemical Disaster and Moving Forward on Water through the Legislature, Evolution! Change! Transition! More
Issues: EnergyMCHMRenewable energyWater
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