Association Says Costs Simply Not Bearable for West Virginia Families
CHARLESTON — The EPA’s continued assault on coal and coal-fired power plants comes with a huge cost to consumers. According to a recently released study, the resulting shift to using more natural gas will likely cost the average family an additional $750 to $850 per year for energy use in 2020 compared to what they paid in 2012.
The study, “Energy Market Impacts of Recent Federal Regulations on the Electric Power Sector,” factors in the EPA’s proposed carbon rule and other regulations, along with the expected doubling in price of wholesale natural gas in coming years. The yearly energy cost for the average Ohioan would go from $2,022 in 2012 to $2,874 in 2020, a 42 percent increase, the study projects. For West Virginians, the yearly energy cost would go from $1,960 in 2012 to $2,710 in 2020, a 38 percent increase, the study projects. Meanwhile, nationwide, consumers and businesses would see the cost of electricity and natural gas increase by nearly $300 billion in 2020 compared with 2012. The industrial sector will be hard hit with total electricity and natural gas cost for the sector approaching $200 billion in 2020, almost double the cost from 2012. This would stifle industrial growth and lead to higher prices for any goods produced using electricity. Overall, the study projects a $177 billion increase in electricity costs and a $107 billion increase in natural gas costs in 2020 compared with 2012 when the cumulative effects of EPA regulations and energy market impacts are analyzed.
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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WV DEP) has decided not to file an emergency rule to implement the provisions of Senate Bill 373, the Aboveground Storage Tank Act that was passed by the Legislature following the Elk River Chemical Spill in January. The agency will modify the currently proposed emergency rule and file it as a “normal” rule for consideration by the Legislature during the 2015 Regular Session. Once filed as a normal rule, there will be another public comment period and public hearing held on the proposal. If filed as an emergency rule, the regulations would become effective upon certification by the Secretary of State and be operative as the Legislature considers revisions to the statute. WV DEP’s interpretive rule http://www.dep.wv.gov/WWE/abovegroundstoragetanks/Documents/20141020DRAFTInterpretiveRuleRevBasedonCommentsKABfinal.pdf will be the only effective rule while the Legislature considers revisions to Senate Bill 373.
Congressman David McKinley (R-WV), will have more responsibility when the new Congress begins meeting next year. McKinley, who was re-elected to his third term, will continue to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the next two years. He will also maintain his position on the Energy and Power and the Environmental and Economy subcommittees, but has been named vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. While on the committees, McKinley has been vocal in his opposition of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Affordable Care Act.
The incoming legislative leaders in both the State Senate and House have announced their intentions to elevate the legislative energy committees to "major committee" status when the Legislature convenes in January.
Current House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, who will likely be Speaker following the December caucus and State Senator Bill Cole, who is projected to become the new Senate President stressed the importance of coal and energy to the state (past and future) when making the announcement.
Both Armstead and Cole indicated that they would like for the Legislature's involvement with coal and energy issues to become more contributory to the success and viability of the state's energy industries.
Below is a related news article appearing in the Wheeling Intelligencer.
By MICHAEL ERB , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
CHARLESTON - Republican leaders in West Virginia plan to elevate the Legislature's energy committees to major-committee status, giving them more time to meet and more resources to use.
Though legislative leaders are hesitant to release many details on the upcoming session's Republican agenda, officials said a focus on energy will be a major component.
The Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary has worked to become active participants in charity events; avid supporters of our miners, military and law enforcement; supporters of local conservation projects; providers of the Coal in the Classroom project and numerous other day- to-day activities in our communities and region.
All of this is possible because of our members who volunteer their time and efforts to raise money for coal awareness. Membership is FREE, and all are welcome to join the Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary. Join these hardworking, fun-loving individuals today to learn more about the energy that fuels your life and to make a positive contribution to your society.
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The Friends of Coal petition to protect America's coal jobs has now collected more than 12,500 letters of support through our convenient online tool.
The online tool allows you to file your comments calling on EPA to rescind its job-killing regulations that are halting the construction of new coal-fired power plants and essentially forcing the closure of existing plants. The letters are sent directly to the EPA's official comments e-mail address. You have until the close of business on December 1, 2014 to register your comments. If you have not already done so, we ask that you visit the online petition and add your support. You can do so at: www.friendsofcoal.org/soundoff<http://www.friendsofcoal.org/soundoff. Thanks to all those who have already participated.
Embracing New Direction
To The Editor:
There is a refreshing change moving through our wonderful state, from the panhandles to the southern coalfields and everywhere in between. Last week’s election has left us with real optimism and a true sense of Mountaineer Spirit.
At the West Virginia Business & Industry Council, where representatives from 26 different industries work on issues to move West Virginia forward, and all across the state, we have high hopes and even higher expectations for those who will be leading West Virginia starting in January.
The Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary was founded in 2007 as a nonprofit organization to inform those about the importance of coal and to support coal miners and their families. Because of the dedicated support and positive feedback from families and individuals, the Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary has grown into a nationwide organization of thousands of members. The Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary has worked to become active participants in charity events; avid supporters of our miners, military and law enforcement; supporters of local conservation projects; providers of the Coal in the Classroom project and numerous other day to day activities in our community and beyond. All of this is possible because of our members who volunteer their time and efforts to raise money for coal awareness. Membership is FREE, and all are welcome to join the Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary. Join these hardworking, fun-loving individuals today to learn more about the energy that fuels your life and to make a positive contribution to your society.
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Whether scorched birds are a major issue at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System inCalifornia is a matter of dispute. But the “power tower” solar plant and its owners -- NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy -- might have an even more fundamental problem on their hands: generating adequate electricity.
The Mojave Desert plant, built with the aid of a $1.6 billion federal loan guarantee, kicked off commercial operation at the tail end of December 2013, and for the eight-month period from January through August, its three units generated 254,263 megawatt-hours of electricity, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data. That’s roughly one-quarter of the annual 1 million-plus megawatt-hours that had been anticipated.
The U.S. Energy Information Agency projects that the price of natural gas will more than double by 2035 measured in constant 2012 dollars. Meanwhile, the same survey projects that steam coal prices will increase by less than 15 percent.
The chart at right was included in the EIA’s Annual Energy Report. Following are key sections of that report.