West Virginians Continue Fight Against FirstEnergy

By Emmett Pepper and Crystal Dempsey

WVCAG’s Energy Efficient West Virginia (EEWV) project has helped launch a coalition called West Virginians For Energy Freedom (WV4EF). WV4EF gained traction against FirstEnergy Corp.’s bad deal for West Virginia residents and businesses since its January launch. Over 2,000 people already have signed the #NoBailout petition on EnergyFreedomWV.org’s Take Action page.

As of the time of publication, no decision has been made by the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC), so your input can still have an impact.

If you are a Mon Power or Potomac Edison customer, please sign the petition at energyfreedomwv.org/take-action.

Through this campaign, EEWV partnered with other organizations, businesses, and elected officials in launching the West Virginians for Energy Freedom coalition to oppose FirstEnergy’s plan to transfer the obsolete Pleasants power plant to Mon Power and Potomac Edison. The coalition is broad, with a wide array of people in opposition to the transfer. Visit EnergyFreedomWV.org/coalition to see the full roster of members.

West Virginians don’t want to bail out FirstEnergy Corp. and its shareholders, and we shouldn’t have to!

If you are a Mon Power or Potomac Edison customer, please sign the petition at energyfreedomwv.org/take-action.

FirstEnergy Corp, the Ohio-based parent company of Mon Power and Potomac Edison, wants to have Mon Power purchase the Pleasants plant from another FirstEnergy subsidiary. This plan shifts the cost and economic risk of the Pleasants plant from FirstEnergy onto regular West Virginians who are Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers.

First Energy’s transfer would force Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers to pay for the plant’s costs for the next several decades. FirstEnergy’s similar transfer of ownership of the Harrison Power Plant in 2013 has cost Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers more than $160 million so far.

Mon Power filed its petition to purchase the Pleasants plant on March 7, 2017, with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia. The PSC heard the case in late September and will probably issue its final decision by January of 2018.

Please take action today. If you are a Mon Power or Potomac Edison customer, please sign the petition at energyfreedomwv.org/take-action.

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  1. PSC needs to hear from you on this! They are wavering…

  2. No more subsidies for coal. Additional power needed should be generated by renewable energy sources and conservation.

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