EEWV member donates LED lighting to Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College

EWVCTC light donation from EEWV member
Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College in Moorefield expects to reduce utility consumption by 40% thanks to a donation of LED bulbs from ZLED Lighting, a member of Energy Efficient West Virginia.

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College (EWVCTC) recently installed the quad-pin LED bulbs designed specifically for a type of fixture commonly found in schools, hotels, and office buildings. “By replacing the 32-watt inefficient, mercury-filled fluorescent bulb with a more attractive 14-watt LED, Eastern should see its electricity bill decrease by almost half,” said Xavier Walter (center in photo), Outreach and Development Director of Energy Efficient West Virginia (EEWV). Walter helped facilitate the donation from ZLED Lighting, based in Mount Laurel, NJ.

“Our members support our mission and work with us to find ways to make a difference. We are very thankful to ZLED for giving us this generous gift that we can put to use immediately to save tax dollars and help West Virginia,” Walter continued.

This upgrade equates to a savings of $7 per bulb. Each bulb’s average expected lifespan is over 10 years. EWVCTC will save $1,400 annually with the donation of the 200 bulbs.

“We want Eastern to be a model of efficiency and sustainability in Appalachia,” says Dr. Chuck Terrell, Eastern's president (right in photo). “We are changing every bulb in our facilities to LED because it is the least expensive measure with the fastest return on investment. Our plans include solar parking canopies and enhanced solar-powered street lighting around our campus.”

FirstEnergy Corp. ends bid to sell Pleasants plant

In a notice filed Monday with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia, FirstEnergy Corp. stated that it will stop fighting to transfer ownership of the Pleasants power plant to Monongahela Power and Potomac Edison, FirstEnergy’s West Virginia utilities. This ends a hotly contested case where numerous groups and customers lined up in opposition to the deal.

For more than a year, Ohio-based FirstEnergy has been trying to transfer the Pleasants plant near Parkersburg, owned by FirstEnergy’s unregulated subsidiary Allegheny Energy Supply, to Mon Power and Potomac Edison. FirstEnergy pursued the transfer even though its West Virginia subsidiaries – which are regulated – did not need the plant to meet the needs of customers.

If this scheme had succeeded, Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers would have assumed all of the plant’s costs and financial risks, while FirstEnergy and its shareholders would receive a guaranteed revenue stream.


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Feb. 7, 2018: 
Jesse Mancini, Parkersburg News-Sentinel - 
Company: Pleasants Power Station deal off 

Jan. 12, 2018: Max Garland, Charleston Gazette-Mail FERC denies Pleasants Power Station transfer

Dec. 27, 2017: Max Garland, Charleston Gazette-Mail - Appalachian Power files settlement to keep energy efficiency programs active

Dec. 11, 2017 - Dan Heyman, Public News Service - Energy Efficiency Program Likely to Survive Regulatory Challenge

Dec. 1, 2017 - Adranisha Stephens - Martinsburg Journal - Schools in Berkeley County receive 100 percent energy rating (Member news)

Nov. 5, 2017 - Max Garland, Charleston Gazette-Mail - PSC staffer proposes putting AEP energy efficiency program on hiatus

Oct. 19, 2017 - Dan Heyman, Public News Service - Pleasants Power Station Sale Dubbed "Corporate Welfare"

Sept. 11, 2017 - Alex Wiederspiel, WV Metro News - PSC to hear third time from public on Pleasants Power Station purchase

March 7, 2017 - Jim Ross, The State Journal - First Energy Files for Pleasants Power Station Transfer

Jan. 3, 2017 - Austin Weiford, The (Clarksburg) Exponent-Telegram - Mon Power customers will see increase in bill of about 1.9 percent

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