PRESS RELEASE: Renewable energy is key to West Virginia’s economic future

Renewable energy is key to West Virginia’s economic future

RELEASE DATE: December 14, 2020

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Investing in renewable energy is a viable solution to diversifying and strengthening West Virginia’s economy.

That’s the conclusion of a new report issued by the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at the West Virginia University College of Law.


Titled “West Virginia’s Energy Future,” the report shows that ramping up renewable energy and energy efficiency would be cost-effective and can be done in a way that creates thousands of jobs — and may even save consumers money.

According to the report, West Virginia can dramatically increase renewable energy production over the next 15 years, generating over 70% of the state’s electricity from wind and solar by 2035. Currently, less than 5% of the state’s electricity comes from those sources.

The report compares the current trajectory of West Virginia’s electric utilities — estimated to maintain 84% coal-fired generation in 2035 — against an alternative future of more energy efficiency, solar energy, and wind energy. The result is 78% emission-free energy generation by 2035… READ FULL PRESS RELEASE BELOW.

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