West Virginians deserve energy freedom.

As the cost of distributed energy resources have 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.

Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) help make that possible.

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 help 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 help 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

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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.