West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Feb. 3 signed House Bill 2001, which repeals the West Virginia Alternative Renewable Energy Portfolio Act.
“In 2009 when the Legislature approved West Virginia’s Alternative Renewable Energy Portfolio, the Act had overwhelming support from business and industry,” Tomblin said in a Feb. 3 statement. “We understand economic drivers and factors change over time, and the Act as it was passed in 2009 is no longer beneficial for our state. After it passed both houses of the Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, I have signed House Bill 2001, repealing the West Virginia Alternative Renewable Energy Portfolio Act.”
The law required the generation of 25% of electricity with alternative power sources by 2025. In a state dominated by the coal industry and coal-fired power, the law actually covered power plants fired by waste coal. The West Virginia Coal Association was a key proponent of this repeal in the Republican-controlled legislature at a time when coal-fired power is under heavy stress due to new federal air regulations.