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Legislative Updates WVEC January 12, 2024
GREEN, Volume 34 Issue 1
Welcome to the first newsletter of the 2024 Legislative session! We have been monitoring legislative activities throughout 2023 and our lobby team is now at the legislature advocating for your environmental and health priorities.  More
Issues: EnergyLegislationPublic landsWater
Action Alerts WVEC April 11, 2023
Say NO to the Pleasants Power Station Bailout
If you are a Mon Power or Potomac Edison customer, we need your voice now! Submit your comments to the West Virginia Public Service Commission opposing the Pleasants Power Station bailout before April 14th. Take Action! More
Issues: EnergyPollution
Legislative Updates WVEC March 3, 2023
GREEN, Volume 33 Issue 8
Welcome to our last newsletter of the 2023 Legislative Session! The session ends at midnight on March 11. We will keep you posted next week via action alerts as we head into the final hours. More
Issues: DEPEdayEnergyPFASPublic landsWater
Newsletter article WVEC February 24, 2023
Weekly Round-Up
This week at the legislature was a busy one! As we approach the last two weeks of session, the pressure is on to get bills out of committee by Crossover Day (March 1st) to be considered on the floor. We are focusing this week on bills that are moving, separated by bills we are working on getting passed and those we are trying to defeat, along with steps you can take to support the efforts.  More
Issues: EnergyNuclear energyPFASPublic landsWater
Newsletter article WV Rivers Coalition February 17, 2023
Upcoming Events with the WV Rivers Coalition
February 23: What is Blue Hydrogen?  March 23: Conversation on Headwaters Webinar recordings: Four Facts and Three Concerns about YOUR West Virginia Public Lands.  Webinar Recording: Methane, Climate Change and Proposed EPA Regulations More
Issues: Climate changeEnergyPublic lands
Newsletter article WVEC February 17, 2023
Weekly Round-Up
We are over 60 percent of the way through the 2023 Legislative Session! In continuation of last week, we changed our format from a weekly round-up to a breakdown of bills we are working on getting passed and those we are trying to defeat, along with steps you can take.  More
Issues: EnergyLegislationPFASWater
Legislative Updates WVEC February 17, 2023
GREEN, Volume 33 Issue 6
Welcome back to our weekly newsletter, bringing you the latest West Virginia legislative updates. This week, lawmakers and advocates came together for Black Policy Day to discuss essential policies impacting Black communities in the state. You can find coverage of this event on Mountain State Spotlight. More
Issues: EnergyLegislationPFASPublic landsWater
Newsletter article WVEC February 10, 2023
Weekly Round-Up
Yesterday was the official halfway point of the 2023 Legislative Session! As we head into the second half, we are changing the format of our weekly round-up to a breakdown of bills we are working on getting passed and those we are trying to defeat, along with steps you can take.  More
Issues: EnergyLegislationPublic landsWater
Newsletter article WV Rivers Coalition February 10, 2023
Upcoming Virtual Events with WV Rivers Coalition
February 16: Four Facts and Three Concerns about YOUR West Virginia Public Lands February 23: What is Blue Hydrogen? March 23: Conversation on Headwaters More
Issues: EnergyPublic landsWater
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
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