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Newsletter article Solar United Neighbors September 2, 2020
SUNtober Right Around the Corner
Solar can be a complex topic. But not during SUNtober! Solar United Neighbors is shedding light on how to go solar and how to advocate for more solar in your local community and across the nation! More
Issues: Renewable energy
Newsletter article Solar United Neighbors July 30, 2020
Host a Virtual Solar Open House
During the annual National Solar Tour, Solar United Neighbors, the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), and Generation 180 partner with thousands of solar homeowners, businesses, and organizations around the country to help spread the word about solar energy. In light of the current health crisis, the 2020 National Solar Tour will be entirely virtual. More
Issues: Renewable energy
Newsletter article  July 10, 2020
Thinking about the Economics of Petrochemicals
One of the clichés of our public policy has long been that we have to “balance” the environmental and social costs of coal, oil, and gas extraction with the benefits to our economy.  For pretty much forever, our public policy has assumed that coal is so important to our economy that we should put up with a great deal of environmental and social cost in order to assure that the industry prospers. More
Issues: Oil and gasRenewable energy
Newsletter article Solar United Neighbors June 1, 2020
Federal Threat to Net Metering & States’ Rights
A secretive group of special interests are trying to strip away solar rights. If they succeed, families and businesses won't be fairly credited for the valuable solar energy they produce.   More
Issues: Renewable energy
Newsletters WVEC June 1, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 11
Welcome to the June issue of GREEN. As our latest newsletter goes live, our world is in turmoil from two diseases. One, COVID-19, is new and causing a global pandemic. The other has been with us far too long: Systemic racism, which has most-recently manifested itself in white vigilantes taking the life of a jogging black man, a woman in Central Park weaponizing her whiteness against a black bird-watcher, and police violence taking the lives of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and the resulting protests and rage in the streets.  More
Issues: Clean electionsOil and gasPollutionRenewable energyWater
Newsletter article Solar United Neighbors April 30, 2020
West Virginia fails to legalize Power Purchase Agreements
The 2020 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature is drawing to a close without action on solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). After several false starts in the state Senate and House of Delegates, legislation supporting PPAs failed to materialize this year. More
Issues: Power purchase agreementsRenewable energy
Newsletter article Solar United Neighbors April 27, 2020
Send an “I love My Solar” postcard
Remind our elected officials that solar is important to you! Send them a postcard using the templates at https://www.ilovemy.solar/. This is an election year, and lawmakers need to hear why we love our solar! More
Issues: Renewable energy
Newsletter article WVEC March 13, 2020
The good, the bad, and the ugly…
It took us a few days to decompress to compile everything that’s happened over the last 60 days. Here’s a breakdown of the most important bills we worked on. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksLegislationRenewable energyWater
Newsletter article WVEC February 28, 2020
Solar Bill Pending in House – Action Needed
Right now on the House floor the utilities are holding their own bill hostage rather than allow third-party financing for solar energy in the form of power purchase agreements (PPAs) that would benefit our state’s residents, communities, and small businesses. More
Issues: Power purchase agreementsRenewable energy
Legislative Updates WVEC February 28, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 8
Right now on the House floor the utilities are holding their own bill hostage rather than allow third-party financing for solar energy in the form of power purchase agreements (PPAs) that would benefit our state’s residents, communities, and small businesses. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksOil and gasOrphaned wellsPower purchase agreementsRenewable energy
Action Alerts WVEC February 26, 2020
URGENT: All West Virginians — not just monopoly utility companies — should have the freedom to choose solar energy!
In this historic year for solar in the West Virginia Legislature, our lawmakers shouldn’t leave out the little guys – our state’s homeowners, small businesses, and tax-exempt institutions like schools, churches, and nonprofits. Everyone deserves the right to go solar! PPAs make this possible.  More
Issues: Power purchase agreementsRenewable energy
Newsletter article WVEC February 21, 2020
Good Things!
We do have some good things making their way through committees and chambers this session! More
Issues: Just transitionOrphaned wellsRenewable energyWater
Legislative Updates WVEC February 21, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 7
This week has been BUSY! We’ve got a new section on our Bill Tracking called REMAINING BILLS. There you can track the bills we have left as of Day 45 — it will be updated with notes over the weekend! Below is a shorthand list of where we’re at. More
Issues: CoalOil and gasRenewable energyWater
Newsletter article WVEC February 7, 2020
Solar News
There are several Solar bills moving through the WV Legislature this session. Hoppy Kerchavel even wrote an article dedicated to the importance of moving forward with renewable energy. Here is an update of where increasing Solar in West Virginia stands. More
Issues: Renewable energy
Legislative Updates WVEC February 7, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 5
Yesterday Delegate Evan Hansen and Senator William Ihlenfeld held a press conference on the introduction of the Clean Drinking Water Act of 2020! See House bill 4542 here and Senate Bill 679 here. We were joined by a packed room of Legislators, press, and citizens. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksOil and gasPollutionRenewable energyWaterWVEC event
Action Alerts WVEC February 3, 2020
Power Purchase Agreements on Agenda this Wednesday!
We have been working hard to strengthen solar development in West Virginia and are excited to announce that our Senate Bill legalizing on-site Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) is on the Senate Economic Development agenda this Wednesday afternoon! More
Issues: Power purchase agreementsRenewable energy
Newsletter article WVEC January 24, 2020
Fight for energy freedom – Urge West Virginia legislative leaders to support on-site PPAs

One of the West Virginia Environmental Council’s priorities this session is to see the passage of legislation that allows for a third-party solar financing vehicle called a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). PPAs will expand access to affordable renewable energy and create jobs in West Virginia. PPAs will help our communities, businesses, tax-exempt institutions, and low-income families go solar.

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Issues: Renewable energy
Legislative Updates WVEC January 24, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 3
A new bill led by Delegate Hansen (D-Monongalia), called the West Virginia Clean Drinking Water Act of 2020, was introduced in the House as HB4542. WV Rivers and the West Virginia Environmental Council endorse this bill which aims to identify and reduce exposure to class of chemical toxins known as polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksClean electionsHealthPollutionRenewable energyWater
Newsletter article WVEC January 17, 2020
MOJO IS BACK — The Modern Jobs (MoJo) Act, HB 4172  Introduced in House
This bill removes barriers to solar development so that West Virginia stops losing out on jobs in the fastest-growing occupation in the country: solar installers. It allows large electricity users to access solar, so long as the solar arrays are built on former coal mines in West Virginia. More
Issues: LegislationRenewable energy
Newsletter article Karan Ireland January 10, 2020
2020 WVEC Legislative Priorities: An Overview
Kayla and I are happy to be back again representing you this year at the Capitol. We intend to build on the relationships we made with our representatives last year. More
Issues: LegislationPollutionRenewable energyWater
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