The PSC has the power to stop these expensive transfers, but they need to hear from us. The PSC should require utilities to conduct fair, competitive and transparent processes to determine what sources will best meet customers' needs. In a fair competitive market, efficiency meets our electricity needs faster, cleaner and cheaper than any other option.
We need to help the PSC make the best choices for West Virginia. Send comments asking the PSC to:
* Reduce your electricity rates.
* Block the transfer of these power plants.
* Order West Virginia utilities to adopt aggressive energy efficiency and demand response programs.
Letters of protest can be sent to the PSC at their new web-based comment page at psc.state.wv.us. For Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers, reference case# 12-1571-E-PC. For Apco and Wheeling Power customers, reference case # 12-1655-E-PC. Send that letter right away, or see the price of that old plant reflected on your electric bill for many years to come. For more information, visit westvirginia.sierraclub.org.
Kotcon is conservation chairman of the West Virginia Sierra Club, and Nix is a member of the club's Energy Committee.