West Virginians deserve energy freedom.

Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) help make that possible.

As the cost of distributed energy resources has plummeted in recent years, more West Virginia communities, families, businesses, and tax-exempt institutions – like schools, churches, nonprofit organizations, and local governments – want to take advantage of these affordable energy options. Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) are a widely available method to finance distributed energy generation projects.

Unfortunately, West Virginia law stops us from entering into PPAs. Bills to make PPAs available in the Mountain State were introduced for the first time in the 2019 West Virginia Legislature.

While the bills stalled in committee, we’re hopeful for the 2020 session.

Join the fight to make them legal!


The benefits of PPAs

HELPS ALL USERS

From ’08 to ’17, rates increased in all categories in WV: residential, commercial, and industrial. Electricity prices rose more than 6% per year on average in that time frame. Nationally, over the same period, the average increase was 1.4%.     Source: WVU College of Business and Economics Bureau of Business & Economic Research, p. 31

From ’08 to ’17, rates increased in all categories in WV: residential, commercial, and industrial. Electricity prices rose more than 6% per year on average in that time frame. Nationally, over the same period, the average increase was 1.4%.

Source: WVU College of Business and Economics Bureau of Business & Economic Research, p. 31

EASIER ON the WALLET

Having energy options helps everyone’s bottom line. Electric bills in West Virginia have increased by 25% since 2014.     Source: 2018 Annual Report and Survey by Consumer Advocate Division of Public Service Commission of West Virginia     .      Read the Gazette-Mail article about the report     .

Having energy options helps everyone’s bottom line. Electric bills in West Virginia have increased by 25% since 2014.

Source: 2018 Annual Report and Survey by Consumer Advocate Division of Public Service Commission of West Virginia. Read the Gazette-Mail article about the report.

GOOD FOR WV BUSINESS

Every cost matters when a state tries to woo a new business or manufacturer. Electricity prices for industrial customers alone in West Virginia have increased by 61% since 2009, with average prices now at or above the national average.     Source: WVU College of Business and Economics Bureau of Business & Economic Research, p. 32

Every cost matters when a state tries to woo a new business or manufacturer. Electricity prices for industrial customers alone in West Virginia have increased by 61% since 2009, with average prices now at or above the national average.

Source: WVU College of Business and Economics Bureau of Business & Economic Research, p. 32

Benefits for the tax-exempt

💭 How exactly do Power Purchase Agreements benefit tax-exempt schools, nonprofits, and municipalities?

🗣 A PPA developer can take advantage of the federal energy investment tax credit and pass along those savings to tax-exempt customers in the form of lowered energy costs.

 
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WHO WE ARE

In 2019, West Virginians For Energy Freedom want to make Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) available in West Virginia. Current law forbids us from entering into PPAs to buy energy from renewable or alternative energy resources such as solar, wind, biomass and more. By legalizing PPAs, lawmakers have a no-cost way to empower West Virginians to benefit from affordable energy.

West Virginians For Energy Freedom is a coalition of your neighbors, organizations in your community, local businesses, municipalities and elected officials advocating for energy freedom in West Virginia.