Wood County March 2017 “Voter”

March 2017 Voter pdf (1)

Want to go solar?

 

Video: WV DEP Secretary Austin Caperton and Environmental Advocate Edward Maguire II – February 27, 2017

Video produced by West TV (footage – Jonathan Rosenbaum) at the February 27, 2017 Public Forum co-hosted by the WVU Sierra Student Coalition and the Mon Group of the WV Sierra Club.

March 2017 Morgantown-Monongalia Guide to Government Officials

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LWVMM Guide to Government Officials March 2017

League Opposes Pleasants Power Station Boondoggle

The State Board invites you to support this opposition.  Please sign the petition at http://energyfreedomwv.org/take-action-1-1/,  and/or send your own letter to the PSC.

Statement Opposing Pleasants Power Station Boondoggle

In 2013, the League of Women Voters of West Virginia opposed Mon Power and Potomac Edison’s proposed purchase of 80% of the Harrison power plant.  At that time we sent a clear message to the West Virginia Public Service Commission:

Customers should not be forced to pay for a  purchase that will raise the costs of their electricity. Furthermore the purchase of the Harrison power plant would lock in costs for many generations, so that better alternatives would be precluded. 

Rather than paying for the high costs of the Harrison power plant, Mon Power and Potomac Edison could bid for cheaper power from other sources and install more energy efficiency into its production. Also they could lessen demand by aiding customers in energy efficiency means as many power companies have done. All would result in smaller energy costs to ratepayers.

Once again, we are confronted with a similar  situation, this time involving the purchase of the Pleasants Power Station that is currently operating in a deregulated electricity market where it is struggling to compete against less expensive power sources.  The League firmly opposes this new attempt by FirstEnergy Corp. to offload this plant to our regulated market because of debt the company has acquired due to its own lack of foresight in the transitioning energy markets.

The state of West Virginia is a net exporter of electricity, providing almost 5% of the nation’s total energy, largely because of its coal production.  However, many states receiving our electricity from the grid are phasing out coal generated electricity.   It is time that West Virginia does the same. Even as this statement is being written, a massive iceberg the size of Delaware is very close to breaking free from Antarctica, due to a huge, widening crack in the 10,000 year-old Larsen ice shelf.

The financial costs for West Virginians from climate change will vastly exceed any profits for FirstEnergy Corp. shareholders.  Switching the power station’s financial risks from stockholders to ratepayers will not benefit the people of West Virginia, and in the final analysis they will be the net losers.

Therefore, we ask the Public Service Commission not to approve passing the costs from FirstEnergy’s own boondoggle to the ratepayers of West Virginia

League of Women Voters of West Virginia 

CONTACT:
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Board Member

Nancy Novak, President

West Virginia League Update, January, 2017

League members: Here is an update to let you know what the League is doing in West Virginia.  If you do not wish to receive these occasional messages, please reply and you will be taken off the circulation list.  If you are changing your street address or your email, please send the new ones to the state treasurer, tbyler@suddenlink.net so that you can keep informed.

 LEAGUE ACTION

  • The League opposed the proposed purchase of the Pleasants power plant that is currently operating in a deregulated electricity market where it is struggling to compete against less expensive power sources.  The League firmly opposes this new attempt by First Energy to offload this plant to our regulated market because of debt the company has acquired due to their own lack of foresight in the transitioning energy markets. 
  • The state league added our name to WV Rivers Coalition on a stormwater permit on Rover Pipeline.  The league believes that all pipelines should have a complete and thorough permit applications in order to prevent as much land and water pollution as possible.
  • The state board of directors has joined in a coalition with WV SUN (WV Solar United Neighborhoods), a nonprofit group which forms solar cooperatives in WV.  These cooperatives expand access to solar by educating West Virginians about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening West Virginia’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters.  There are at least five solar cooperatives in our state.  For more information, click on http://www.wvsun.org/.  

NEWS of INTEREST in WV

  • The new Secretary of State fired 16 people, including the head of the Elections Division and two others in the division.  The League believes this will leave voters without a reasonable means of making their questions or concerns about voting known.

STATE LEAGUE CONVENTION

  • You are invited to attend the state league convention on Saturday, May 6, in Parkersburg.  Any league member in WV may attend, and our four local leagues are encouraged to send delegates to make decision for the next biennium. 

 

LWV Wood County January 2017 Voter

The League of Women Voters of Wood County invites you to attend a showing of

Inequality for All

a documentary which examines the widening economic gap in the United States and its effects on the middle-class.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Vienna Public Library

Snow date is Saturday, February 4, 2017. Please check our Facebook page for news of cancellation due to weather (https://www.facebook.com/groups/663430783758317/

pdf iconJanuary 2017 Voter pdf.pdf

You Should Run for Office in West Virginia

Our Children, Our Future is offering their successful candidate trainings again, and they want to know which days work best for you, and what office(s) you are interested in.

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/you-should-run-for-office-in-west-virginia

Green Jobs and Renewable Energy in West Virginia

Video produced by the League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County with help from Mike Ellis of West TV on November 17, 2016.

Wood County Voter November – December 2016

pdf iconNovember – December 2016 Voter pdf.pdf