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Action alert: Email your lawmakers and ask them to oppose FirstEnergy's bad deal

As the Public Service Commission weighs FirstEnergy's proposed sale of the Pleasants Power Station, there's another group of leaders who might be able to affect the decision.

Members of the West Virginia Senate and House of Representatives don't have a vote on the case but they do represent YOU! Ask your lawmakers to join the more than 2,500 people who have registered their opposition with the PSC.

Click here to send an email to the legislators who represent you in Charleston.

There's a pre-written email but we encourage you to edit the message to add your own concerns. Got a question or suggestion? Click here to send us an email.

Action Alert: Thank the CAD for standing up for ratepayers

Join us in recognizing the hard work of another intervenor in FirstEnergy Corp.'s bad deal for West Virginians before the Public Service Commission of West Virginia.

The Consumer Advocate Division, created by statute in 1981, is an independent division of the PSC that primarily advocates for residential customers. The CAD will almost always intervene in cases before the PSC for customers, striving to keep utility rates as low as possible.

In the FirstEnergy case, the CAD's witnesses submitted strong testimony to commissioners. Here are some highlights:

  • "The primary risks to ratepayers are the capacity is not needed and the costs are too high. These are the same risks FE shareholders no longer want to bear."
     
  • "The Mon Power and Potomac Edison Petition for approval of the acquisition filed in West Virginia Public Service Commission Case No. 17- 0296-E-PC itself states on page 6 that 'AE Supply will likely either sell Pleasants to another party or retire it... .' If retirement is the highest value option, Pleasants is not worth $150 per kW. In fact, AE Supply would be better off paying a third party to accept the Pleasants’ liability rather than to shutter it.”

Click here for to read the CAD’s full testimony.

Please take a moment to send a note to the CAD to thank them for their strong work on behalf of ratepayers! Remember: they are here for YOU!

Click here to send the CAD staff a "Thank You" fax.

Action alert! Join the protest against FirstEnergy's bailout attempt

More than 2,000 people have registered written protests with the PSC against the sale of Pleasants Power Station by FirstEnergy Corp. to two of its subsidiaries, Mon Power and Potomac Edison.

So far, protests outweigh support 40-to-1. Testimony in the PSC hearing on the deal resumes Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Before Oct. 10, let’s double that show of opposition! Ask ONE friend or family member to send a Fax to the PSC or sign our petition at EnergyFreedomWV.org/take-action.

Need inspiration? More than 100 West Virginia residents testified at the PSC's Public Hearings in Parkersburg, Martinsburg and Morgantown. Of those, 71 spoke out against FirstEnergy's bid for corporate welfare. Read the transcripts:

Public Hearings: Talking points, expert testimony & more

Action alert: Today is FAX THE PSC Day!

WV flag Fax The PSC Day

Speak up for West Virginia today (Thursday, Aug. 10) during our FAX THE PSC Day!

From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, send a fax to the Public Service Commission of West Virginia and ask them to say NO to FirstEnergy Corp.'s bailout attempt with the proposed sale of the Pleasants Power Station near Parkersburg.

FirstEnergy, the Ohio-based parent company of Mon Power and Potomac Edison, has long hinted at plans to have Mon Power purchase the Pleasants power plant from another FirstEnergy subsidiary. The scheme, if successful, shifts the plant’s costs onto Mon Power and Potomac Edison’s West Virginia customers. FirstEnergy’s scheme is now moving forward. Mon Power is seeking approval from the PSC to buy Pleasants.

A 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.

Don't have a fax machine at your fingertips? You do now! A feature on our website allows you to Fax to the PSC from your laptop or desktop computer. You'll find a pre-written letter that you can edit to add your own thoughts and points. 

After sending your fax, please share the Fax The PSC tool on Facebook and Twitter or forward this link to friends and neighbors: http://energyfreedomwv.org/take-action/

Click here to Fax The PSC today!

Already sent a fax? Thank you for speaking up for West Virginians. Got a question? Email Info@EnergyFreedomWV.org.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR THE PSC PUBLIC HEARINGS AND OUR PRE-HEARING RALLIES!

 

Commentary in Ritchie Gazette: Power Plant Sale

Kudos to Jennifer Efaw for her recent commentary in The Ritchie Gazette on FirstEnergy Corp.'s bad deal for West Virginians on its proposed sale of the Pleasants power plant.

Here's an excerpt from her piece: "You may not have paid it much attention, just another legally-required meeting of the Public Service Commission of West Virginia... .

"Mon Power, Potomac Edison, and FirstEnergy may be hoping you don’t notice it.

"The public meeting in Parkersburg on Sept. 6th is to voice concern with the proposed sale of the Pleasants County power plant at Willow Island, from FirstEnergy subsidiary Allegheny Energy Supply to Mon Power and Potomac Edison. Mon Power and Potomac Edison are also both subsidiaries of FirstEnergy."

READ THE FULL COMMENTARY HERE.

Additional public hearings will be held Sept. 11 in Martinsburg and Sept. 12 in Morgantown. Click here for more info on public hearings and to fax a letter directly to the PSC.

West Virginia Solar Congress to focus on FirstEnergy bailout, energy freedom in three sessions

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If you are interested in staying overnight in Moorefield, the South Branch Inn -- a West Virginians For Energy Freedom coalition member -- is offering a special discount rate. Call (304) 538-2033 to reserve a room. Be sure to mention the Solar Congress.

The second annual West Virginia Solar Congress on Saturday, June 24, 2017, will focus on two major topic areas: creating energy freedom in West Virginia with the campaign against FirstEnergy and energy basics for the home and farm.  

Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers, along with farmers and other business owners, are encouraged to attend. The event is free and open to the public. Breakfast refreshments and lunch will be provided.

West Virginia Solar Congress: Envisioning a future of energy freedom for West Virginia

Saturday, June 24
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Eastern WV Community & Technical College
316 Eastern Drive, Moorefield, WV 26836

SCHEDULE

 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Registration, coffee, breakfast 

10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.: Opening Remarks
Karan Ireland & Autumn Long, WV SUN
Dr. Charles Terrell, Eastern WV Community & Technical College

11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.: Workshops – Session 1

  • The FirstEnergy Bailout: What Does the Pleasants Transfer Mean for Mon Power and Potomac Energy Customers?
    Karan Ireland, WV SUN
    Pamela Ellis, WV Sierra Club
  • Solar 101 & Energy Efficiency 101 – At Home and on the Farm: Introduction to solar PV technology, policy, and financing
    Autumn Long, WV SUN
  • Cost-effective energy efficiency solutions and how to pay for them
    Xavier Walter, Energy Efficient West Virginia  

12 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.: Lunch, networking
 
1 - 1:50 p.m.: Workshops – Session 2

  • The Public Service Commission of West Virginia, a Closer Look: Who they are, what they do, and how to get involved
    Cathy Kunkel, Kunkel Energy Research 
  • Renewable Energy and Efficiency Upgrades for Farms and Small Businesses: Energy improvements, energy audits, grant and rebate programs, and financing
    Hannah Varguson, The Conservation Fund’s Natural Capital Investment Fund 

2 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.: Workshops – Session 3

  • The FirstEnergy Bailout, How You Can Fight the Pleasants Transfer: Volunteer training and opportunities
    Karan Ireland, WV SUN
    Emmett Pepper, Energy Efficient West Virginia
  • Gazing into the Crystal Ball: A Panel Discussion on the Future of Battery Storage
    Colin Williams, Mountain View Solar
    Doyle Tenney, DT Solar

3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Participatory Open Forum Discussion
Moderated by Karan Ireland, WV SUN

3:45 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. : Closing Remarks
Pamela Ellis, West Virginia Sierra Club

PSC sets public hearings in Parkersburg, Martinsburg and Morgantown

Thank You PSC listened public hearings WV4EF

Give yourselves a big pat on the back! The Public Service Commission of West Virginia cited your letters and comments in its decision to schedule the public hearings on FirstEnergy Corp.’s proposed transfer of the Pleasants power plant to Monongahela Power and Potomac Edison.

You asked commissioners to schedule public hearings in MonPower and Potomac Edison’s service territories. And they listened. Here are the locations and dates to make public comments on FirstEnergy’s bad deal for West Virginians:

PARKERSBURG: Sept. 6, 2017, 6 p.m., Municipal Building, Council Chambers, 3rd and Avery streets.

MARTINSBURG: Sept. 11, 2017, 7 p.m., City Building, Municipal Courtroom, 232 North Queen St., 1st Floor.

MORGANTOWN: Sept. 12, 2017, 6 p.m., Monongalia County Judicial Center, Judge Tucker's Courtroom. 75 High St., 3rd Floor.

In addition to the hearings, you can submit public comment in writing:
Ingrid Ferrell, Executive Secretary
P.O. Box 812
Charleston, WV 25323

All written comments should be marked with Case No. 17-0296-E-PC.

Public comment may also be made on line at http://www.psc.state.wv.us by clicking on submit a comment in the left column and following the directions provided.

PRESS COVERAGE: "Public comment hearings set for Pleasants Power Station deal" by Max Garland of Charleston Gazette-Mail

WV Solar Congress to focus on energy freedom and FirstEnergy campaign

 In December, more than 75 solar supporters from across West Virginia attended WV SUN's first Solar Congress in Morgantown.

In December, more than 75 solar supporters from across West Virginia attended WV SUN's first Solar Congress in Morgantown.

WV SUN, one of our founding coalition members, will feature envisioning a future of energy freedom for West Virginia at its second annual Solar Congress on June 24 in Moorefield.

The event is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Eastern WV Technical and Community College, 316 Eastern Drive. 

The West Virginia Solar Congress is a free public conference bringing together solar supporters, homeowners, installers, and advocates to discuss the state and future of solar energy in West Virginia.

The two major topic areas will be:

  • Envisioning a future of energy freedom for West Virginia with a focus on the First Energy campaign and ways to get involved.
  • Solar 101 offering resources for WV agricultural producers, solar basics for interested homeowners, and energy efficiency.

Click here to RSVP for the free event.

The second annual West Virginia Solar Congress will be hosted in partnership with Eastern WV Community and Technical College.

Click here to read about WV SUN's first ever Solar Congress in December in Morgantown.

Letter-writing campaign asks PSC for multiple Public Hearing sites

Your voice is needed TODAY!

PSC case number for FirstEnergy Pleasants transfer

West Virginians For Energy Freedom launched its letter-writing campaign to request the Commissioners schedule at least three Public Hearings in the coverage areas impacted by this deal.

FirstEnergy, an Ohio-based utility, is seeking a bailout for its shareholders by transferring ownership of the Pleasants Power Station from one subsidiary to two other subsidiaries, Monongahela Power and Potomac Edison.

Our Public Hearings letter-writing campaign advocates that the PSC schedule at least three Public Hearings in both Mon Power and Potomac Edison service territories and not at the PSC's headquarters in Charleston. Public Hearings are expected to take place in August or early September. Click here for more information on that campaign.

We will continue to hold Community Conversations and speak to groups in Mon Power and Potomac Edison on why the proposed Pleasants plant transfer would hurt consumers in West Virginia but benefit FirstEnergy's shareholders.