EEWV again fights to save AEP's

energy efficiency programs in WV

Energy Efficient West Virginia (EEWV) – once again – is working to save the popular energy efficiency and demand-response programs offered by Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power to customers in West Virginia. American Electric Power (AEP) owns both companies.


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These consumer- and business-friendly programs are on the chopping block in a case before the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC). EEWV is one of the parties in the legal case before the PSC.

In April, AEP requested approval from commissioners to implement changes to its robust energy efficiency and demand-response programs. However, the PSC staff advocates eliminating AEP’s programs, just like they did in 2017.

“Getting rid of these robust programs could have a direct negative impact on West Virginia’s economy and ability to attract and retain companies such as Amazon and others that have corporate mandates to be more efficient and green, or simply want to reduce utility costs,” said Emmett Pepper, EEWV’s executive director. “More jobs equals a better economy and a bigger tax base. Energy efficiency jobs have to be done locally which may help keep people from leaving the state for work.”

Besides providing testimony to the PSC, EEWV launched the #SaveEEinWV campaign to help West Virginians learn more about energy efficiency and demand-response and how they can let the PSC know these programs are valuable.

“If you’re an AEP customer in West Virginia, now is the time to ask the PSC to save these valuable programs,” Pepper said. “Historically, the commissioners have valued public comment and engagement on these cases.”