Myths About Renewable Power Abound in WV

The WV coal industry continues to churn out mythology about renewable power.  I was recently at an event where WV Coal Association president Bill Raney claimed that “Germany was turning back to coal for its electricity.”  WV Division of Energy director Jeff Herholdt and Appalachian Power’s CEO Charles Patton were quoted in this State Journal article claiming that renewable power is just too expensive for WV.  The State Journal’s reporter, although she interviewed both Mr.

Build Solar Ready Homes in Solar Rich Texas

Pursuant to 34 TAC §19.52, the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) is accepting written comments through August 4, 2014 on the energy efficiency provisions of the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) for single-family residential construction and the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for all commercial, multi-family and

WV Near Bottom on Efficiency/Renewables Ranking

The Energy Foundation has just released its annual report ranking states and metropolitan areas on their performance and policies concerning energy efficiency and renewable power.  Guess where WV ranks in both areas?  48th in policy and 49th in performance.  Other states, like California, Colorado and Illinois are rapidly expanding their capacity and programs.  Investment and patent registration is growing right along with this commitment.  Contrast th

California’s Reserve Fund Won’t Lift the FHFA Boot From PACE’s Neck

Earlier this year, the state of California announced a $10 million loan-loss reserve to solve the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s severe restrictions on using property-tax based financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy on residential property.

Is Solar Ownership Poised for a Comeback?

placeholderWith “no money down” and “zero maintenance” to attract homeowners, solar leasing has become the overwhelming favorite for residential solar installations. And with the complexity of tax incentives, rebates, and financing, it’s hard to find fault with homeowners that choose this low-effort option.

Sen. Chafin Demagogues AEP Rate Increase

The Williamson Daily News reports that Sen. Truman Chafin from Mingo County wants the WV PSC to reject AEP’s new 17% base rate increase.  Mr. Chafin is trying to present himself as the champion of the little guy by complaining about the high salaries paid to AEP executives.

Rebuilding the US Electric Distribution System

As I have often noted on The Power Line, it is the US electric distribution system that needs the most work, not bulk transmission.  The emerging electrical technology needs new distribution technologies, before we look at restructuring and rebuilding bulk transmission lines.  Unfortunately, most federal and state regulators and politicians have been captured by the dying centralized electricity holding companies.

Celebrate Independence with 3 Steps Toward Energy Self-Reliance

Being from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, I’m often asked, “You want everyone off-grid and independent with their own solar array and a battery, right?”

In a word, no.

AEP Files for 17% Rate Increase for Its WV Companies, Residential Customers Hit with a 23.2% Rise

Yesterday, Ohio-based holding company AEP filed for a 17% base rate increase at the WV PSC for its APCo and Wheeling Power subsidiaries.  Here is the initial document that the company filed.  The additional testimony with the details was not available yesterday, but about 20% of the increase will come from cost recovery from the new right of way maintenance program required by the PSC last year.