Energy Efficiency in the News


March 7, 2017 - Jim Ross -

January 3, 2017 - Austin Weiford -

December 21, 2016 - Andrew Brown -

November 22, 2016 - Xavier Walter - 

October 6, 2016 - Linda Harris - 

Critics say FirstEnergy is shielding its shareholders on the backs of WV ratepayers - in the State Journal.

October 6, 2016 - Linda Harris - 

Critics say FirstEnergy is shielding its shareholders on the backs of WV ratepayersin the State Journal.

September 1, 2015 - Sarah Tincher - FirstEnergy requests $75 million rate increase for vegetation management on WOWK 13 news.

August 8, 2015 - Jeremiah Shelor - Projections differ on CO2 rule's end cost to ratepayers in the Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram.

August 6, 2015 - Sarah Tincher - Industry, WV leaders assess EPA rule in the State Journal.

August 3, 2015 - 
Andrew Brown - Appalachian Power dismisses calls to reduce energy needs in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

August 3, 2015 - The Associated Press - Reactions to Obama's new power plant regulations in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.

July 30, 2015
 - Sarah Tincher- Friendly energy efficiency competition soon to become city-wide in Charleston in the State Journal.

July 30, 2015 - Beth Voorhees - East End Energy Efficiency Contest Names Winners via WV Public Broadcasting.

July 18, 2015
 - Sarah Tincher- WV cities, residents tap into efficient resources in the State Journal.

June 12, 2015 - Emmett Pepper - What if you owned West Virginia? (Emmett Pepper) in The State Journal.

May 29, 2015 - Sarah Tincher - WV industries work together to promote energy efficiency in The State Journal.

May 26, 2015 Sarah Tincher - WV PSC approves AEP rate increase in The State Journal.

April 12, 2015 - Anna Patrick - City to host workshop on green-friendly practices in The Charleston Gazette-Mail.

March 24, 2015 - Kentucky Energy Efficiency Bill a Bipartisan Achievement in The Courier Journal.

February 6, 2015 - David BornsteinInvesting in Energy Efficiency Pays Off in The New York Times.

January 24, 2015 - Sarah Tincher - Unconventional benefits of energy efficiency in The State Journal.

January 21, 2015 - Ken Ward, Jr. - Debate highlights W.Va.’s inaction on energy diversity, efficiency in The Charleston Gazette.


September 24, 2016- Andrew Brown - WV mayors, gas companies, others question FirstEnergy’s plan for Pleasants power plant - 
in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.


September 18, 2016 - David Beard - Mon Power: Swap Beneficial: Denies Policy Group Report That It Will Short Ratepayers -
in the Morgantown Dominion Post.

September 8, 2016 - Andrew Brown - Study shows MonPower takeover of Harrison plant cost customers millions in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

August 30, 2016 - Andrew Brown - More groups want FirstEnergy to defend power plant transfer in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

May 3, 2016 - 
Matthew Baumgarten - Groups Say Mon Power IRP Could Cost Customers in WDTV 5 News

April 27, 2016 - Andrew Brown - FirstEnergy CEO says Pleasants power plant sale may happen in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

April 11, 2016 - Andrew Brown - First Energy seeks OK on efficiency plans in WV in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

March 12, 2016 - Andrew Brown - First Energy being questioned about future plans 

in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.


February 3, 2016 - Emmett Pepper and Levi Pellegrin- Paying It Forward: Energy Efficiency Bill Uses Future Savings to Fund Building Upgrades in The West Virginia Hub

January 28, 2016 - Sarah Tincher - 

WV lawmakers push energy efficiency on local level in the State Journal.


January 14, 2016 - Brandon Roberts - Free AEP customer energy assessments aid homeless agency in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.


January 9, 2016 - Andrew Brown -Appalachian Power moves toward renewables, Mon Power considering more investments in coal in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

November 9, 2015Melissa Toothman - Energy efficiency discussed at forum as a potential solution to fuel the WV economy and create jobs in the Exponent Telegram.

October 25, 2015 - Andrew Brown - Energy efficiency lacking in West Virginia in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

October 10, 2015 - Andrew Brown - Morrisey joins electricity demand brief before U.S. Supreme Court  in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

September 1, 2015 - Sarah Tincher - FirstEnergy requests $75 million rate increase for vegetation management on WOWK 13 news.

August 8, 2015 - Jeremiah Shelor - Projections differ on CO2 rule's end cost to ratepayers in the Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram.

August 6, 2015 - Sarah Tincher - Industry, WV leaders assess EPA rule in the State Journal.

August 3, 2015 - Andrew Brown - Appalachian Power dismisses calls to reduce energy needs in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

August 3, 2015 - The Associated Press - Reactions to Obama's new power plant regulations in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.

July 30, 2015 - Sarah Tincher- Friendly energy efficiency competition soon to become city-wide in Charleston in the State Journal.


July 30, 2015 - Beth Voorhees - East End Energy Efficiency Contest Names Winners via WV Public Broadcasting.

July 18, 2015 - Sarah Tincher- WV cities, residents tap into efficient resources in the State Journal.

June 12, 2015 - Emmett Pepper - What if you owned West Virginia? (Emmett Pepper) in The State Journal.

May 29, 2015 - Sarah Tincher - WV industries work together to promote energy efficiency in The State Journal.

May 26, 2015 - Sarah Tincher - WV PSC approves AEP rate increase in The State Journal.

12, 2015 - Anna Patrick - City to host workshop on green-friendly practices in The Charleston Gazette-Mail.

March 24, 2015 - Kentucky Energy Efficiency Bill a Bipartisan Achievement in The Courier Journal.

February 6, 2015 - David Bornstein - Investing in Energy Efficiency Pays Off in The New York Times.

January 24, 2015 - Sarah Tincher - Unconventional benefits of energy efficiency in The State Journal.

January 21, 2015 - Ken Ward, Jr. - Debate highlights W.Va.’s inaction on energy diversity, efficiency in The Charleston Gazette.

December 30, 2014 - Wheeling Power acquires 50 percent of Mitchell Power Plant in $550 million agreement in The State Journal.

November 6, 2014 - Emmett Pepper: Consider sustainable design for Civic Center in The Charleston Daily Mail.

October 12, 2014 - Jeff Jenkins - PSC reviews Mitchell Power Plant settlement on MetroNews.

October 10, 2014 - Ken Ward, Jr. - Deal Reached in Mitchell Plant Transfer in The Charleston Gazette.

October 9, 2014 - Jeremiah Shelor - Harrison County to participate in state’s E3 program to reduce energy consumption in The Clarksburg Exponent Telegram.

September 23, 2014 - Paul J. Nyden - Jay not involved with Rockefeller Fund plan to divest from fossil fuels in The Charleston Gazette.

July 26, 2014 - Sarah Tincher - WV shows dim efforts in energy efficiency in The State Journal.

July 18, 2014 - Sarah Tincher - UPDATE: WVCAG tries to pump the brakes on AEP's Mitchell Plant acquisition in The State Journal.

July 13, 2014 - Jeremiah Shelor - More issues smolder over EPA power plan in The Clarksburg Exponent Telegram.

July 8, 2014 - Matt Murphy - Jones to propose fee increases in The Charleston Daily Mail.

June 25, 2014 - Editorial - Power companies need to stress energy efficiency in The Clarksburg Exponent Telegram.

June 22, 2014 - Jeremiah Shelor - Experts project increase in electric rates due to new Clean Power Plan in The Clarksburg Exponent Telegram.

June 12, 2014 - Sarah Tincher - AEP plant takeover garners criticism in The State Journal.

June 9, 2014 - Associated Press - Group Weighs in on APCo's Bid for W.Va. Power Plant on West Virginia Public Radio.

June 6, 2014 - Emmett Pepper - Energy efficiency can help meet new EPA rules in The Charleston Gazette.

June 2, 2014 - Sarah Tincher - Local leaders react to proposed EPA carbon cuts on WOWK TV.

May 25, 2014 - Caitlin Cook - Building to a new code in The Charleston Gazette-Mail.

May 19, 2014 - Charleston Area Alliance partners with e4 to drive down energy costs in The State Journal.

May 1, 2014 - Winners picked for Energy Efficiency competition in Charleston's East End in The State Journal.

May 1, 2014 - David Beard - Power Companies Seek Rate Hike in The Dominion Post.

April 25, 2014 - David Beard - Plant Sale Valid: High court affirms Mon Power deal in The Dominion Post.

April 24, 2014 - Alex Wiederspiel - WV Citizen Action Group Loses Appeal to Stop Sale of Harrison Power Station on WDTV.

April 24, 2014 - Linda Harris - Supreme Court denies Citizens Action Group's appeal of power station deal in The State Journal.

April 3, 2014 - The Associated Press; Andrew Colegrove - Ohio AEP Customers to Pay for Post Windstorm Fixes on WSAZ TV

February 4, 2014 - Stacy Gloss - W. Va. needs energy efficiency targets. Letters to the Editor, WV Gazette

January 29, 2014 - If AEP’s APCo Really Wants to Cut Its Winter Peak Load, Then It Needs to Get Serious in The Power Line

January 29, 2014 - Appalachian Power president shares energy views - in Beckley Register-Herald.

December 7, 2013 - WVUP Public Relations - Bright Ideas Energy Efficiency Expo 2013 - program / newspaper 

December 7, 2013 - WVU Parkersburg Public Relations Students to Host Energy Efficiency Expo Dec. 7. on WVUP student affairs website. 

November 11, 2013 - Editorial Report highlights steps state can take to improve energy efficiency in the Huntington Register Herald

November 6, 2013 - Ken Ward Jr. W. Va. makes strides, but still ranked low on energy efficiency in the WV Gazette

November 6, 2013 - Jim Ross - Citizen Action Group Appeals Harrison Power Plant Sale in the WV State Journal

November 6, 2013 - Associated Press - Citizen Action Group Appeals Ruling on Harrison Plant Deal in the Daily Mail

November 6, 2013 - Ken Ward Jr - FirstEnergy Case Appealed to Supreme Court in WV Gazette.

November 2, 2013 - Warren E. Stewart - Op. Ed.Lets hope consumer advocate does just that in the WV Gazette.

October 9, 2013 - Ken Ward Jr. MonPower accepts PSC plant sale conditions in the WV Gazette. 

October 8, 2013 -Ken Ward Jr. Group to appeal PSC decision on Harrison Plant in the WV Gazette.

September 13, 2013 - Jeff Jenkins, Mon Power says it needs to know soon on Harrison Power Station, in WV Metro News.

September 11, 2013 - Ken Ward Jr., Buying power cheaper than power plant, group says, in the Sunday WV Gazette.

August 27, 2013 - Ken Ward Jr., PSC seeks hearing on Harrison plant deal, in the WV Gazette

August 26, 2013 - Ken Ward Jr., Harrison plant costs too high, consumer group says, in the WV Gazette

August 22, 2013 - Dan Heyman Harrison Power Plant Deal Still 'Not Good' for Ratepayers. Public News Service West Virginia

August 21, 2013 - FirstEnergy Harrison Settlement Not in the Public Interest - Keryn Newman Stop Path WV Blog

August 21, 2013 - FirstEnergy Settlement - Smoke and Mirrors - Bill Howley, The Power Line

August 21, 2013 - Jim Ross - FirstEnergy reaches settlement in asset transfer case in the State Journal

August 21, 2013 - Ken Ward Jr. Deal reached (mostly) in Harrison Plant Case in Coal Tattoo, Charleston Gazette.

August 21, 2013 - Ken Ward Jr. FirstEnergy says it has deal on Harrison County plant in the Charleston Gazette. 

August 8, 2013 - Walton Shepherd West Virginia Needs to Rethink its Energy letter to the editor in the Daily Mail. 

July 31, 2013 - Pam Kasey Virginia Commission rejects APCo purchase of Mitchell plant in the State Journal

July 31, 2013 - Editorial: Energy efficient consumers should not have to pay surcharge. in Clarksburg Exponent -Telegram.

Updated July 17, 2013 - Pam Kasey ApCo Intervenors to PSC: Just one unit, efficiency, RFP in the State Journal

July 16, 2013 - Ken Ward Jr. PSC Starts hearings on AEP Power plant deal in the WV Gazette.


July 10, 2013 Pam Kasey, ApCo billion-dollar power plant transfer case heard July 16 - 18 in the State Journal.

June 27, 2013 Stacy Gloss and Cathy Kunkel -Utilities should seek energy efficiency first - Op-ed in the State Journal. 

June 21, 2013 - Taylor Kuykendall, Manchin puts support behind energy efficiency bill in the State Journal.

June 21, 2013 - Pam Kasey, ACEEE: Energy efficiency still cheaper than new generation  in the State Journal. 


May 21, 2013 -Pam Kasey, Unions, ratepayers rally outside FirstEnergy shareholder meeting in the State Journal.

May 20, 2013 - Pam Kasey,  FirstEnergy: Harrison may run less if MonPower doesn't buy it in the State Journal.

May 16, 2013 - Ken Ward Jr., Opposition building to FirstEnergy power plant deal in the WV Gazette.

May 13, 2013 - Gary Zuckett, Purchase of Harrison Power Station not in the public interest in WV Gazette.

May 9, 2013 - Pam Kasey,  Harrison price four times recent coal-fired plant transactions in the State Journal


May 2, 2013 - Erin Beck Opponents state case against sale of Harrison Power Plant in the Exponent Telegram

April 29, 2013- Pam Kasey WV PSC Staff Analyst: Harrison power plant two times too expensive in the State Journal

April 25, 2013 - Pam Kasey Undertapped market for natural gas: combined heat and power in the State Journal

April 24, 2013 - Bryan Clark Activists allege coal plant is at bottom of rate hike. in the Spirit of Jefferson

April 23, 2013 - Pam Kasey McKinley, Welch introduce bipartisan energy efficiency bill. in the State Journal.

April 18, 2013 - Keryn Newman Inaccurate billing, rate increases only "benefit" of energy merger - Letter to the Editor in the Martinsburg Journal

April 16, 2013 - Ken Ward Jr., Power plant sales, efficiency and coal's real enemies in the Coal Tattoo Blog, WV Gazette

April 9, 2013 - Douglas Gilbert, First Energy's proposal should be rejected, LTE in WV Gazette

April 2, 2013 - Pam Kasey, AEP utilities seek incentive for energy efficiency programs in the WV State Journal. 

April 2, 2013 - Taylor Kuykendall, Two WV AEP Subsidiaries not seeking rate increases in the WV State Journal.


March 24, 2013 - C.V. Moore - Alloy plant: Plan for recycled energy on hold.

March 14, 2013 We all need power plant transfers to be rejected. (LTE by Becky Muth, Harpers Ferry)

March 10, 2013 Becoming Energy Efficient in the Parkersburg News & Sentinel (LTE by Margaret Meeker)

March 9, 2013 - Station sale will raise electric bills in the Clarksburg Exponent (LTE by Steve Hamilton)

March 9, 2013 - Jim Kotcon and Carol Nix: Pull the plug on higher electric bills in the WV Gazette.

March 9, 2013 Pull the Plug on Higher Electric Bills in the Charleston Gazette (Op Ed by Carol Nix & Jim Kotcon)

March 7, 2013 - Cathy Kunkel Op-Ed Legislature can push energy efficiency, lower electricity blils in the WV Gazette.

March 7, 2013 - Pam Kasey - House bill would keep rising electric rates in check in The State Journal. 

March 6, 2013 PSC Should Say No to Appalachian's Plan in the Charleston Daily Mail (LTE by Marilyn Mullens)

March 6, 2013 Power Utility Should Look for Efficiency in the Charleston Gazette (LTE by Al Justice)

March 6, 2013 - Letter to the Editor, Power utility should look for efficiency in the WV Gazette

March 4, 2013 - Pam Kasey, FirstEnergy efficiency program gets a slow start in 2012 in The State Journal

March 4, 2013 - Al Justice, PSC Needs to Look Closely at Proposal in the Beckley Register-Herald

February 27, 2013- WDTV Channel 5, Group Opposes Power Company's Plan to Buy Power Plant

February 25, 2013 - Associated Press, W.Va. Groups Challenge Mon Power's Plant Purchase

Cathy Kunkel, "Energy Efficiency: Time for a Step Forward" The Highlands Voice, Issue February 2013, p. 4

February 14, 2013 - Ken Ward Jr., Tomblin speech light on energy issues in the Charleston Gazette

February 12, 2013 - Reporter Katie Anderson Local Energy Efficiency Group Holds Public Forum  WBOY.com Channel 12 Clarksburg

February 5, 2013 - Pam Kasey - ApCO, Wheeling Power efficiency programs cutting bills, The State Journal

January 25, 2013 - Bobby Nelson Tri-State Talk Episode 52 - EEWV's Stacy Gloss interviewed about Energy Efficiency

January 24, 2013 - Pam Kasey, Proposed bill would require electric utilities to cost out all resources, The State Journal

January 24, 2013 - Pam Kasey, Could better efficiency prevent a whole power plant?, The State Journal

January 24, 2013 - Pam Kasey, Draft bill seeks to enable industry to generate own power in WV, The State Journal
January 16, 2013 - Taylor Kuykendall, Energy Efficiency Competition to Kick off in Charleston's East End, The State Journal

January 14, 2013 - Jim Balow, East End Residents Encouraged to Compete for Energy Savings, The Charleston Gazette

January 9, 2013 - Jeff Morris, Energy Efficiency Competition Planned for Charleston's East End, on WCHS, Channel 8

January 4, 2013 - Pam Kasey, Utilities' billion dollar proposals to buy coal plants are in, in the State Journal

Dec 20, 2012 
Pam Kasey, Experts: Money-saving efficiency left out of utilities' plans, in the State Journal

December 19, 2012 - The Associated Press, Groups: energy efficiency can boost W. Va, in Businessweek

December 19, 2012 - The Associated Press, Groups: energy efficiency can boost W.Va, SF Gate, San Francisco Chronicle

December 19, 2012 - The Associated Press, Groups: energy efficiency can boost W. Va, NewsOK, powered by the Oklahoman

December 19, 2012 - The Associated Press, Utility energy efficiency can boost state, advocates say, in The Charleston Gazette

December 19, 2012 - Taylor Kuykendall, Advocacy report pushes energy efficiency for jobs, consumer savings, in The State Journal

December 19, 2012 - Ashton Marra, Sierra Club Study says energy efficiency investments could create jobs, in West Virginia Public Broadcasting

December 10, 2012 - Pam Kasey, Van Nostrand: W.Va. should require long-term utility planning, in the State Journal

November 29, 2012 - Wendy Holdren, Mon Power representative responds to EEWV comments in the Beckley Register-Herald

November 27, 2012 - Pam Kasey, How much is FirstEnergy's Harrison Power Station worth? in the State Journal

November 27, 2012 - Wendy Holdren, Coalition opposes companies' proposal to buy coal plants in the Beckley Register-Herald

November 11, 2012 - Molly McLaughlin, Letter to the Editor, W. Va should be leading in energy efficiency in the Sunday Gazette-Mail

October 30, 2012 - Dan Taylor, Letter to the Editor, WV must stress energy efficiency in the Herald Dispatch

September 12, 2012 - Stacy Gloss, Letter to the Editor, Energy Efficiency is not backfiring in West Virginia in the Daily Mail. 

September 11, 2012 - Pam Kasey,  WV residents seek support for efficiency in state energy plan in the State Journal


September 5, 2012 - Wendy Holdren, Public hearings set on energy plan in the Register-Herald. 

September 4, 2012 - Pam Kasey, FirstEnergy: Keep rates the same, use extra to buy coal plants in the State Journal. 

August 27, 2012 - Pam Kasey, FirstEnergy to detail progress of energy efficiency programs in the State Journal.

August 27, 2012 - Mike Harmon, Letter to the Editor: We need efficiency, not coal in The Daily Mail.  Note the first sentence on the webpage should read:  "The Daily Mail's ongoing campaign to portray reduced coal-fired power plants as 'crazy' deserves a closer look.

August 22, 2012 - Pam Kasey, FirstEnergy wants to transfer coal-fired generation to Mon-Power in the State Journal

August 9, 2012 - Glynis Board, "Green Drinks in Wheeling" on West Virginia Public Broadcasting (focused on community energy programs, an interview with Mary Ellen Cassidy, and Ed Outlaw of AppalachianPower's GoodCents program)

August 9, 2012 - WVCAG July/August newsletter - Energy Efficiency West Virginia updates by Cathy Kunkel and Stacy Gloss 

July 30, 2012 - Cathy Kunkel and Patience Wait Op-Ed: Upgrade Electric System in Charleston Gazette

July 23, 2012 - Bill Howley Op-Ed "West Virginians need reliability in their power grid" in Charleston Gazette

July 18, 2012 - Pam Kasey Is Appalachian Power’s plan to buy Amos and Mitchell a good one? in State Journal

June 19, 2012  - Natural Wonders, Renewable Energy by Rory McIllmoil first printed in New River Gorge Guide.

May 30, 2012 - Cathy Kunkel op-ed, “Consider energy options” in Charleston Gazette

April 27, 2012 - Cathy Kunkel and Chris Shepherd Op-Ed, "WV needs least-cost planning to keep electric rates in check" in State Journal

April 22, 2012 - C.V. Moore, “Fayette County residents welcome Earth Day with sustainable activities” in the Beckley Register Herald

April 12, 2012 - Taylor Kuykendall, "Tomorrow- Public forum on energy efficiency programs and electric utilities" in State Journal

March 23, 2012 - Wendy Holdren, “Forum on efficiency informs, educates,” in the Beckley Register Herald

March 16, 2012 - Cathy Kunkel and Chris Shepherd op-ed, “Should our kids pay our power bills?” in the Daily Mail

March 15, 2012 -  “Groups talk W.Va. Energy” in Huntington Herald Dispatch

February 20, 2012 - Ry Rivard, “Bill would allow power company to sell bonds” in Daily Mail

February 20, 2012 - Ry Rivard, “House Finance limits utility bond deal to 2012 rate cases,” in The Daily Mail

February 20, 2012 - "Power bond bill headed to House Floor" in WV Metro News

February 20, 2012 - Taylor Kuykendall, "Citizen groups pushing for bill to reduce utility costs in WV" in State Journal 

February 17, 2012 - Associated Press, “Public weighs in on W.Va. utility bond proposal” in the Daily Mail

February 15, 2012 - Rachel Dove, "Power companies opposing bill for 'least-cost planning" in Williamson Daily News

January 30, 2012 - Mike Harmon Op-Ed “Investing in energy efficiency is just smart” in The Daily Mail

January 17, 2012 -  Cathy Kunkel op-ed “Efficiency an answer to rising utility rates” -  in the Huntington Herald  Dispatch

January 14, 2012 - Cathy Kunkel op-ed "W.V. Wasting money on energy" in Charleston Gazette

January 13, 2012 - Editorial: “Heat-leaking homes”  in Charleston Gazette 

January 10, 2012 -  C.V. Moore, “PSC issues order on energy efficiency case” in the Beckley Register Herald

January 3, 2012 - Pam Kasey, "PSC to decide suitability of FirstEnergy energy efficiency plan" in State Journal

December 26, 2011-  Mike Harmon Op-ed in the Daily Mail

November 14, 2011 - George Hohmann, “Becoming energy efficient” in the Daily Mail

November 3, 2011- C.V. Moore, “Coalition wants PSC to require more from utilities”  in the Beckley Register Herald

November 1, 2011 - Paul Nyden, "Group asks FistEnergy for energy-efficiency measures"  in Charleston Gazette

September 2, 2011 -  Julia Sendor, “Energy Forum calls on power companies to help residents”  in the Beckley Register Herald

August 27, 2011 -    C.V. Moore, “Energy Forum set for Wednesday” in the Beckley Register Herald

August 24, 2011 - Matt Armstrong, “Forum focuses on energy efficiency, other issues” in the Martinsburg Journal

August 13, 2011 - Forum planned on energy efficiency next week” in the Martinsburg Journal

May 15, 2011 - Cathy Kunkel Op-Ed "State must invest in energy efficiency" in the Charleston Gazette

May 15, 2011 - Cathy Kunkel op-ed: “Energy efficiency programs could help with demand”  in the Beckley Register Herald

March 30, 2011 - Ashley B. Craig, "PSC Approves Appalachian Rate Hike," in the Charleston Daily Mail