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State Energy Efficiency Policy Database

West Virginia

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Summary

After years of virtually no activity, West Virginia utilities have begun implementing some small-scale customer energy efficiency programs. The state is facing dramatic price increases for residential customers and a general interest in energy efficiency is emerging as a way to create a hedge against rising rates by lowering energy bills. West Virginia's state legislature proposed an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard in 2011 (see HB 2210), but the bill failed to make it through the House Judiciary Committee. 

The most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings can be found in the State Spending and Savings Tables on the left.

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November 8, 2013


Customer Energy Efficiency Programs

Recent progress has been made for energy efficiency and demand-side management programs as a result of case 09-0177, which ordered Appalachian Power to submit an energy efficiency plan with its 2010 rate case. The final order was issued in 2010. It directed power companies to implement approved programs, which included: low-income weatherization; residential home audit; residential lighting; and commercial/industrial prescriptive incentives. In 2012, several other utilities followed suit, as Monongahela Power and Potomac Edison began offering limited programs.

The most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings can be found in the State Spending and Savings Tables on the left.

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November 8, 2013


Energy Efficiency Resource Standards

There is currently no EERS in place.

For more information on Energy Efficiency Resource Standards, click here.


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August 9, 2013


Alternative Business Models

There is currently no policy in place that decouples utility profits from sales.


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August 9, 2013


Reward Structures for Successful Energy Efficiency Programs

There is currently no policy in place that rewards successful energy efficiency programs.


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August 9, 2013


Energy Efficiency as a Resource

There is currently no comprehensive policy in place that treats energy efficiency as a resource. In 2011, the Public Service Commission (PSC) approved Appalachian Power Company’s petition to submit energy efficiency and demand response programs for credits toward the state’s Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard in Case No. 11-1034-E-P.

For more information on energy efficiency as a resource, click here.


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August 13, 2013


Evaluation, Measurement & Verification

Appalachian Power is required to have a 3rd party program evaluator. All energy efficiency programs are evaluated both from a process and impact standpoint.  Gross and Net savings are reported for each program.   All 10 of Appalachian Power's programs are formally approved and are funded by the rate payers.

For more information on Evaluation Measurement and Verification, click here.


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August 1, 2014