We have lost our common sense
Good grief. One person states that a 31-day month that begins on a Friday happens once in 823 years; another person states that it happens once in seven years. Did anyone think to look at a few previous years' calendars?
If you had, you would find that on average, this event occurs once per year. For those people who don't understand what average means, you will find some years with 0 such events, but then a year will occur with 2 such events. Is it any wonder that the average person doesn't understand global warming? Somehow we have lost our common-sense approach, wherein, we observe our world and record the facts as we find them.
W.Va. needs energy efficiency targets
As temperatures stayed in single digits throughout much of the state recently, many residents struggled to stay warm. On days like that, all power plants need to be running to meet the high electricity demand, including the least efficient and most expensive plants. This means that wholesale electricity prices are very expensive at times of peak demand, and we pay for those prices through our electric rates. To reduce peak demand, Appalachian Power asked customers to reduce their electric use by doing the laundry or dishes after 9 p.m.
APCo's executives aren't talking about more permanent ways to reduce winter peak demand and save money. For example, electric heating is prevalent throughout much of APCo's service territory and is the least efficient, most expensive way to produce home heat. Pair this with older, inefficient housing stock with excessive air infiltration and inadequate levels of insulation. On these frigid days, electric demand increases, and we also see customers' bills skyrocket. Many other states mandate energy efficiency targets to reduce peak loads and help keep bills low, but West Virginia currently does not. West Virginia should enact basic utility policy adopted throughout much of the country. We want strong incentives for energy efficiency including a resource standard that drives demand for energy efficiency improvements, helping to keep our residents warm and comfortable in cold months.
Energy Efficient West Virginia