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
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Board Member
Nancy Novak, President
Press Release from the League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County
September 28, 2016
The League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County is hosting two forums in October. The first on Thursday, October 13 is a candidate forum for candidates running for WV State Senate (Districts 2, 13 and 14) and WV House of Delegates (Districts 5, 49 and 51) will be held at South Middle School from 7 to 9 pm.
On Thursday, October 20, a candidate forum for candidates running for County Clerk, County Commission and Sheriff will be held at South Middle School from 7 to 9 pm.
The public is encouraged to come and ask questions and inform themselves before the election on November 8.
State Candidate Forum – October 13, 2016
County Candidate Forum – October 20, 2016
Press Release from the League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County
April 7, 2016
The League of Women Voters is sponsoring three forums in April. On Wednesday, April 13 a candidate forum for candidates running for Circuit Judge, Magistrate, and Conservation District Supervisor will be held at South Middle School from 7 to 9 pm.
On Wednesday, April 20, a forum with a panel discussing the six levies which will be on the ballot will be held at South Middle School from 7 to 9 pm.
On Wednesday, April 27, a candidate forum for candidates running for the House of Delegates and the State Senate, as well as those running for Sheriff and Prosecuting Attorney, will be held at South Middle School from 7 to 9 pm.
The public is encouraged to come and ask questions and inform themselves before the election on May 10.
Nonpartisan Candidate Forum – April 13, 2016
Levy Forum – April 20, 2016
Partisan Candidate Forum – April 27, 2016
Hosted by the
League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County
Thursday, December 10, 7 – 9 p.m.
Suncrest United Methodist Church
479 Van Voorhis Road
Come to meet your legislators and discuss local and state issues!
OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE AT WVU
This forum is designed to let the legislators tell the public what their priorities and proposals are for the upcoming Legislative session, and for them to hear from you about your hopes, needs and concerns. In the past this forum has led to very fruitful discussions between the public and the legislators. The legislators will be given four minutes to discuss their interests in the upcoming session, and the public will then have the opportunity to voice their requests. After the forum there will be refreshments and time to talk individually with the legislators. Please plan to come!
For additional information call Kitty Lozier at 304-599-8233.
Legislators Forum 2015
Last year the League of Women Voters launched Democracy in Action Awards. We continued that
tradition at our annual meeting held on May 13, at the Aull Center by presenting three Democracy in
Action Awards to The Community Coalition for Social Justice, Mr. John Sonnenday of the Coordinating
Council on Homelessness, and League member Lyndell Millechia. The meeting began with a very
informative presentation by guest speaker Barb Howe on the “Evolution of the Voting Rights Act (up to
The League recognized the Community Coalition for Social Justice with a Democracy in Action Award.
The CCSJ was represented by Al Anderson, Susan Brown, Nora Sheets and Barb Howe. It was chartered
in 2000 with a mission to promote the principles of social and economic justice, respect all people and
oppose discrimination and hate motivated violence. In addition to individual members the CCSJ is joined
by religious organizations, labor councils and community advocacy groups and most recently by the
League of Women Voters as an organizational member.
The CCSJ has sponsored events such as forums on fair housing and religious diversity and they provide a
wide range of books on social justice themes to local libraries. Their most visible activity is the annual
program to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event educates us about where we have been and
where we are going as a country and as a community in terms of civil rights. The award was accepted by
Al Anderson on behalf of the Coalition for Social Justice.
The second award of the evening was presented to Mr. John Sonnenday for his tireless work on behalf
of the homeless population in Morgantown and Monongalia County. In the spring of 2010, the
Morgantown City Council and the Mon County Commission created a task force to study and develop a
plan to reduce homeless. Mr. Sonnenday was the chair of the task force and since that time, he has
been instrumental in guiding a dedicated group of people who continue to work toward eliminating
homelessness in our area.
The work of the original task force led to the creation of the Coordinating Council on Homelessness,
which was launched in February 2014 with John Sonnenday as the Executive Director. Under his
guidance, 145 people were moved into permanent housing in 2013 and 206 in 2014, including 39
chronically homeless people. The Council has received federal grants and participated in nation-wide
campaigns and under his direction. Our community was chosen as one of 71 communities in the country
to participate in Zero:2016, with the goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 and
chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. The League was honored to present Mr. Sonnenday with the
Democracy in Action award.
Last but far from least, the League honored one of our own, Lyndell Millecchia. League President
Jonathan Rosenbaum, presented her with a Democracy in Action award. Lyndell has been a League
member for over 40 years. She is the go-to person of the organization, Board member, past President,
current Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, she maintains our membership list and mailing list, updates our
Guide to Government Officials, she has arranged locations for countless League events including
Candidate Forums. She is always the first person to arrive and the last person to leave League
sponsored events. Her contributions to the League are immeasurable. Lyndell can be described by the
title of the opera that chronicles the life of Susan B. Anthony, “The Mother of Us All.”
The League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia County is sponsoring a candidate forum for Morgantown City Council candidates at South Middle School on Thursday, April 16, 7pm-9pm. The forum includes all candidates including declared write-in candidates.
Candidates running to date are: First Ward – Ron Bane, George Papandreas and Rachel Lee Fetty (write-in); Second Ward – Bill Kawecki and Al Bonner (write-in); Third Ward – Wes Nugent; Forth Ward – Jennifer Selin; Fifth Ward – Marti Shamberger; Sixth Ward – Noel Hoffman and Jay Redmond; Seventh Ward – Nancy Ganz and Bill Graham (write-in).
Complete election information can be found at http://www.morgantownwv.gov/quick-links/2015-election-materials/
League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Refreshments will be served.
PRESS RELEASE, OCTOBER 22, 2014
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS MORGANTOWN – MONONGALIA COUNTY
Early voting began on October 22, 2014. If you wish to become more familiar with your candidate choices, you can view videos of the candidate forums held by the League of Women Voters for State Senate candidates for Districts 2 and 13, and County Commission candidates at http://morgantown.lwvwv.org. The forum will also be broadcast on Comcast channel 3, at 10 am on Saturday, October 25.
SEPTEMBER 29, 2014
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF MORGANTOWN-MONONGALIA COUNTY
RE: CANDIDATE FORUMS
The League of Women Voters will host two candidate forums in October. The first on Thursday, October 9 will feature the candidates from State Senate districts 2, 13, and 14 as well as the candidates for Monongalia County Commission.
The second forum on Wednesday, October 15 will be for the eleven candidates, 5 Republican, 5 Democrat, and one Libertarian, running in the 51st district for House of Delegates. The two candidates from the 49th district are also invited.
Both forums will be from 7 to 9 pm at the Suncrest United Methodist Church on Van Voorhis Road. The public is invited to come and submit questions to the candidates as well as enjoy refreshments after the forum while mixing with the candidates individually.
For information contact Catherine Lozier at 304-599-8233
345 Virginia Avenue, Morgantown, 26505
West Virginia at the Crossroads:
EPA’s New Carbon Limits and What They Mean for West Virginia
Free public education forum on Tuesday, July 15 at 7:00pm
Room G-102, WVU Engineering Science Building (East)
Sponsored by the Monongahela Group of the WV Sierra Club, WVU Sierra Student Coalition, and League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently took historic action to protect our climate by issuing the first-ever guidelines to reduce carbon dioxide pollution—the chief cause of climate change—from electric power plants.
Join us on Tuesday, July 15 at 7:00pm for an educational forum to update citizens about the new guidelines and what they mean for West Virginia. Professor James Van Nostrand of the WVU College of Law and Director of the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development, Mary Anne Hitt of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, and Randy Francisco of Sierra Club’s Coal to Clean Energy Campaign in Pennsylvania will offer an overview and analysis of the proposed rules and discuss their importance to West Virginia. A Sierra Club representative will discuss actions people can take to voice their opinions, including a chance to attend an EPA public hearing on the proposed rule in Pittsburgh on July 31.
Event Location: Room G-102, Engineering Science Building (East), on West Virginia University’s Evansdale Campus, July 15th at 7:00pm.
Directions to G-102 Engineering Science Building from downtown Morgantown: from Beechurst Ave/Monongahela Blvd. turn right into the WVU Evansdale Campus (near the Creative Arts Center) onto Evansdale Drive, and pass the CAC which will be on your left. Keep to your right until you get to the “Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources,” on the left. Enter through the main doors, walk straight through the lobby toward “Ground Floor Classrooms.” Room G-102 is straight ahead.
Online directions: http://www.statler.wvu.edu/direction.php
Parking: WVU Parking Lot 40 (in front of & across the street from the bldg.) usually has free parking after 5:00pm. The WVU Short Term Paid Parking Lot is located a couple hundred yards past the “Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering & Mineral Resources” building, on the right. Park free in the WVU Coliseum parking lot after 5:00pm.
Please come and join the discussion!
Call 304-291-2609 for more information
This Independence Day, honor our nation and democracy by making sure your voter registration is up-to-date in time to participate in this year’s important elections.
The League of Women Voters will have a voter registration table at Morgantown’s 2014 Celebration of America on the evening of the fireworks in front of the depot right by the rail-trail at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Amphitheater. Celebrate America’s 238th birthday this Independence Day by updating your voter registration or registering to vote for the first time, and committing to vote and participate in the greatest democracy in the world.
This year, the League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia is committed to making sure voters have the information they need to participate in elections and ensure their votes count. The League offers a Guide to Government Officials, and Candidate Forums for the General Election this Fall.
The first step to having a say on the issues that matter most to you is registering to vote. As we pause this week to mark our nation’s birthday, set aside just a few minutes to check on your registration status. VOTE411.org or morgantown.lwvwv.org is the place to go for all of your election information throughout 2014!
President, League of Women Voters of Morgantown-Monongalia