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Newsletter article  July 8, 2022
Cheap Electricity and Expensive Coal-Fired Power
The West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) is establishing a task force to look into ways to reduce energy costs. The task force was initiated after a request by the West Virginia Coal Association to look into how to keep the coal-fired power plants running more often, however the PSC established the task force with a much broader scope. More
Issues: CoalEnergy
Newsletters WVEC July 8, 2022
GREEN, Volume 32 Issue 11
Happy Summer! We are excited to be back with our July Volume of GREEN. This month we are highlighting several events, actions and opportunities to get involved with our member groups. Please be sure to SAVE THE DATE for West Virginia Environmental Council’s 2022 Environmental Summit Sept 24-25 in Morgantown. Registration is now LIVE!  More
Issues: Clean electionsCoalEnergyEventPollutionWater
Water pollution from coal
Blog WVEC May 25, 2022
Call to Action 
Did you know that West Virginia has over 173,000 acres of unreclaimed mineland? This is land left behind after coal companies have mined our mountains. West Virginia has a long way to go to restore the viability of abandoned mine lands which is important to  improve water quality, revitalize landscapes, and create jobs and economic development in coal communities.  More
Issues: CoalEnergyReclamation
Blog WVEC May 25, 2022
Underbonding of Reclamation Sites and Pending Bankruptcy of the Special Reclamation Fund

WVEC, WV Sierra Club Energy Campaign Fact Sheet

In March 2022, the legislature passed SB1, a bill that creates a mining mutual insurance company to provide bonds to failing coal companies that can not get insured through the private sector. The Legislature allocated $50 million in taxpayer dollars for seed money for the new insurance company. Legislators testified that this initial earmark could be just the beginning in what could be a long-term taxpayer bailout of the coal industry. More

Issues: CoalEnergyReclamation
Newsletter article Solar United Neighbors March 18, 2022
Protect yourself from high energy bills
American Electric Power (AEP) is asking the West Virginia Public Service Commission to raise your electric rates, again. They want the ability to charge you an amount that's yet to be determined. More
Issues: Energy
Legislative Updates WVEC March 18, 2022
GREEN, Volume 32 Issue 9
What a wild ride the last 60 days have been! We’ve spent the last two months at the WV State Capitol working hard to help stop the bad environmental bills and help advance the good ones forward. We were successful in defeating several harmful bills and fortunate to see a few good ones cross the finish line before Sine Die. A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to read our updates, share our posts on social media, and participate in our action alerts. Your efforts were imperative in helping us accomplish our goals. We couldn’t have done it without your support! More
Issues: EnergyLegislationOpportunity
Action Alerts WVEC October 19, 2021
Call on WV Senate Confirmations Committee to Fully Vet Industry Appointees to Our Regulatory Agencies
In August, Governor Justice appointed the former and current heads of the Coal Association to prominent positions: to the Public Service Commission (PSC) and Public Energy Authority (PEA). The PSC regulates how our electric utilities work, among other things, and the PEA is a formerly-defunct body that has the power to use public money to buy energy infrastructure, including power plants. More
Issues: CoalDemocracyEnergy
Action Alerts WV Citizen Action Group September 22, 2021
Your Comments Needed on PSC Power Plant THIS Friday
Public Testimony needed (in person or virtual) on the PSC plan to saddle WV rate payers with nearly 500 Million $ in long term costs, to keep 3 uncompetitive coal plants operating until 2040. More
Issues: EnergyPollution
Action Alerts Solar United Neighbors March 21, 2021
URGENT: Don’t let a handout to utilities raise your electric bill
House Bill 2959, which is expected to be considered on the House floor Monday and Tuesday, would make it easier for monopoly utilities to raise our electric rates without due process or oversight. These wealthy, out-of-state corporations want to put West Virginians on the hook for expensive energy generation that only the companies can own. Tell your legislators you don’t want higher electric bills and that West Virginians deserve energy freedom. More
Issues: EnergyLegislation
Newsletter article WVEC March 5, 2021
Legislative Update, Day 24
Thank you to everyone who has participated so far in our action alerts, public hearings and contacting legislators on their own. You are making an impact and we encourage you to keep it up! I'll start with HB 2598, the Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) Act, passed after the 2014 Freedom Industries leak... More
Issues: Aboveground tanksEnergyWater
Newsletter article  October 5, 2020
WVEC Member Group Profile: Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance (MLPA)
Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance was started in 2013 to bring the facts to the public, and local governmental bodies. We described the permanent environmental damage that is occurring due to the construction of these unnecessary pipelines being built on the backs of electric utility ratepayers when the majority of the gas will be exported for corporate profit. More
Issues: EnergyOil and gasPipelines
Newsletter article  July 10, 2020
New Sierra Club Rep Works on  Energy & Environmental Justice
Karan Ireland is the new Sierra Club Senior Campaign Representative for Central Appalachia. In this capacity, she will be working on the Beyond Coal and Beyond Dirty Fuels campaigns, as well as working to further a plan for economic diversification and a just transition to a sustainable future.  More
Issues: EnergySocial justice
Newsletters WVEC July 10, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 12
In the midst of all the turmoil in the world, it was great to have some good news recently with the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. This victory was possible thanks to the activism of people like you and the dedication of many of our member groups. The environmental community in West Virginia is mighty and we applaud and thank all who worked so hard for this win for the environment. More
Issues: Clean electionsClimate changeEnergyOil and gasWater
Action Alerts WVEC June 18, 2019
Contact your House of Delegates members today and ask them to vote “NO” on HB 144
Please contact your House of Delegates members today and ask them to vote “NO” on HB 144, the West Virginia Business Ready Sites Program. More
Issues: EnergyLegislation
Action Alerts WVEC February 18, 2019
Take Action on PPAs
Our lawmakers have a no-cost way to empower more West Virginians to benefit from affordable distributed energy. Current law forbids us from entering into Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) to buy energy from renewable or alternative energy resources. Legalizing these agreements will help West Virginia communities, families, businesses, and nonprofits. More
Issues: EnergyRenewable energy
Newsletter article Kayla Young February 15, 2019
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.” More
Issues: Energy
Legislative Updates WVEC February 15, 2019
GREEN, Volume 29 Issue 6
West Virginia Environmental Council GREEN Legislative Update   View / Comment Online  Donate    Click an article title or thumbnail image to read the full article (text below is only an excerpt). More
Issues: Aboveground tanksClean electionsEnergyOrphaned wellsRecycling
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: EnergyEventLegislationLogging
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
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