Support Energy Efficiency in
West Virginia's 5-year Energy Plan
Be sure to attend a public hearing or submit written
comments by September 7, 2012.
The WV Division of Energy's 5-Year Energy Plan was released last week.
You can download the sections of the draft report ("Fossil Energy
Opportunities", "Energy Efficiency Policy Outlook", and "Renewable
Energy Policy Outlook")
There will be public hearings next week in Huntington, Morgantown, and
Martinsburg. Details about time and locations are
here. You can register in advance to speak at a meeting
Public comments can also be submitted via e-mail to
or online at
We were pleased to see that the energy efficiency section of the report
strongly endorses an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard for West
Virginia and the adoption of up-to-date building energy codes, both
policies that Energy Efficient West Virginia advocates for. The plan did
not discuss least-cost planning as a means of keeping rising electric
rates in check or as a means of promoting energy efficiency.
Please come to a public hearing or submit a public comment in support of
energy efficiency and least-cost planning. Below are some sample talking
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Energy Efficient West Virginia
Talking Points for the WV Division of Energy
State Energy Plan 2013-2017
I strongly endorse all of the
recommendations of the Energy Efficiency section of the
proposed West Virginia State Energy Plan.
Specifically, I support the idea of an
Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) to set
long-term goals in energy savings. I agree that such a
policy would spur greater utility investment in
efficiency, would ensure a long-term market in energy
efficiency services, and reinforce the concept of energy
efficiency as a resource.
Energy efficiency is a low-cost and
underutilized resource for West Virginia. Utility-funded
energy efficiency programs in WV are weaker than many
programs in surrounding states, including programs
offered by other AEP and FirstEnergy companies.
I urge the Plan to recommend integrated
resource planning as a strategy to ensure utilities
invest in all cost-effective energy efficiency and
ensure that our utilities are making investment
decisions in the long-term public interest. IRP has been
adopted by more than half of the United States and would
require our utilities to submit long-term plans
explaining how they will best meet future electric
demand at the lowest cost.
IRP would evaluate supply-side and
demand-side resources, such as energy efficiency, on an
equal footing and would show how much utilities should
invest in energy efficiency as a resource.
The Division of Energy should support
transparent evaluation of all energy alternatives
including gas plants, coal plants, renewable energy,
co-generation and demand-side resources such as energy
efficiency, conservation and demand response to meet the
electric capacity needs of our state.
I am disappointed that the Energy Plan
did not include any policy recommendations to support
the development of co-generation, or combined heat and
power. There is potential for significant improvements
in efficiency by capturing waste heat from industrial
processes to create electricity. Other states have much
stronger policies in place to allow co-generation
facilities a long-term contract for their electricity
The Division of Energy’s decision to
commission this report in three separate parts by
Marshall University and West Virginia University
demonstrates that West Virginia does not yet value the
potential of integrated resource planning. It also means
that resource options like co-generation (combined heat
and power) fall through the cracks.
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Wellness & Water: Health
Impacts of Fossil Fuel Extraction ~ Sept. 8 in Morgantown
Join us in Morgantown on September 8 to hear about the
human health impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining and shale gas
drilling and fracking. Meet with impacted residents and experts
including: keynote speaker, environmental scientist Dr. Wilma Subra (see
Wilma's bio below); Dr. Ben Stout, Aquatic Biologist at Wheeling Jesuit
University; Dr. Jill Kriesky, Senior Project Coordinator for the Center
for Healthy Environments and Communities at the University of
Pittsburgh; and Dr. Michael Hendryx, Professor at the West Virginia
University School of Public Health, whose research is shining a
much-needed light on these health impacts.
WHAT: Wellness & Water: Workshops and
Panel Discussions on the Health Impacts of Fossil Fuel Extraction
WHEN: September 8, 2012
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church, 456 Spruce Street,
Morgantown, WV (click
here for map
—Register now online at www.ohvec.org
—Day-of registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Coffee and tea available.
—Keynote at 9:00 a.m.
—Closing reception at 1:00 p.m. Finger food available.
$10 suggested donation to help with the cost of the program and snacks.
About the Keynote Speaker — Wilma Subra
Wilma graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and the
University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Microbiology, Chemistry and
Computer Sciences. Committed to protecting the environment and the
health and safety of citizens, in 1981 Wilma started Subra Company, a
chemistry lab and environmental consulting firm in New Iberia, LA. Wilma
worked for the Gulf South Research Institute and served as vice-chair of
the EPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and
Technology. Wilma serves on the boards of Earthworks and STRONGER (State
Review of Oil and Gas Environmental Regulations) and was featured in the
documentary film Gasland. She has received numerous awards and
recognitions, including the MacArthur Foundation's Fellowship "Genius
Award" for helping citizens understand, cope with and combat
environmental issues in their communities.
CONTACT: Robin Blakeman at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-522-0246 for
more information. (click
here to view/download flyer)
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