PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - April 16, 2021 


Florida's Republican lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to pass the so-called "anti-riot" bill; disturbing police camera video of the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old in Chicago.


2021Talks - April 15, 2021 


With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Senate takes up anti-Asian American hate crimes legislation, and President Biden officially announces a full military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Energy-Efficiency Program Likely to Survive Regulatory Challenge

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to www.newsservice.org
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranks West Virginia 47th among states in terms of energy efficiency. (Pixabay)
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranks West Virginia 47th among states in terms of energy efficiency. (Pixabay)
 By Dan Heyman, Public News Service - WV, Contact
December 11, 2017

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – An important West Virginia energy efficiency program looks likely to survive a challenge at the Public Service Commission.

PSC staff had questioned the cost effectiveness of the program that American Electric Power runs for consumers of Allegheny Energy and Wheeling Power.

But Emmett Pepper, executive director of Energy Efficient West Virginia, says his group and the utility have told the PSC they want to keep the program and even expand it.

Pepper says when the utility helps people reduce their power bills through things such as better insulation and more efficient bulbs, it's proving to be a good investment for everyone, including the company.

"This is a very cost-effective way for them to meet the energy requirements, and it's also a way to have a better, more robust electrical system,” he states. “And they're looking to continue to expand those programs, because they're finding that they're working."

West Virginia comes in near the bottom in most state energy-efficiency rankings. Pepper says improving that could save consumers money while making them more comfortable.

He says the utilities are finding it cheaper to reduce demand than to build more generating capacity, which saves money, even for ratepayers who don't participate in these programs.

Plus, he says it's a good form of economic development.

"It will also help diversify our economy,” he points out. “Making energy efficiency upgrades are good construction jobs, that we need here in West Virginia – jobs that are literally created out of thin air."

The issue is still before the PSC, but Pepper says the parties have asked for a delay to negotiate a compromise.

The program is largely the result of proposals made by Energy Efficient West Virginia during PSC consideration of a 2009 rate increase.

Best Practices