What’s at Stake
Customers should not be forced to foot the bill for spending on aging, uneconomic fossil fuel power plants.
On behalf of our clients, Earthjustice has litigated a series of actions before the West Virginia public utility commission to prevent utilities from forcing consumers to bail out aging, unprofitable coal-fired power plants.
Utility companies have sought to have their customers assume long-term financial burdens, while its shareholders would receive a guaranteed revenue stream.
Earthjustice and our clients have advocated for utility companies to consider investments in clean energy options, such as solar and energy efficiency, before proposing additional spending on aging, uneconomic coal units.
Michael Soules, Attorney, Earthjustice: “In the long term, it’s going to be not just a victory for West Virginia ratepayers, but also for creating a window for more clean energy resources and energy efficiency to be a robust part of the energy mix.”