Renewable energy bill

Action Alert!

West Virginia Environmental Council
Feb 4, 2019

HB 2589, (A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §24-2-20, relating to siting certain solar energy projects on formerly mined land in West Virginia; authorizing transmission or wheeling agreements to transmit the electrical output from certain solar energy projects to large energy consumers within West Virginia; making legislative findings; defining terms; creating an exception to the general regulatory structure for solar energy project owners or operators and large energy consumers purchasing the output therefrom so that they are not deemed public utilities;  authorizing affected electric utilities to recover reasonable charges for transmission, distribution, and other related services; and authorizing the promulgation of rules exempt from the regular legislative review process.)

The Modern Jobs Act (MOJO Act), would enable large energy producers to access cheaper renewable energy so they can create and protect manufacturing jobs in the state. It would also invite modern tech companies to the state who have renewable energy targets.

We need help getting this bill out of committee. If you have a few minutes, please call the committee chair and let him know that you would like him to put the bill up for a fair vote.

Jim Butler is the chair. You can reach his office at 304-340-3199, and send him an email at

West Virginia Environmental Council

P.O. Box 1007
Charleston, WV 25324
United States (304) 414-0143

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