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West Virginia House Passes Energy Act Repeal Overwhelmingly

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Ashton Marra
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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  The Republican-run state House of Delegates has passed a repeal of an energy portfolio.

The House voted 95-4 Thursday to repeal the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.

The portfolio requires generating 25 percent of electricity with renewable or alternative power sources by 2025. Some coal-burning technologies qualify.

FirstEnergy official Sammy Gray has said his company could comply with requirements without increased costs, lost jobs, higher rates or business plan changes. An Appalachian Power spokeswoman said there would be no increased costs to customers.

The state Coal Association helped write the standard. Now, it says it supports repeal amid increased federal regulations and legal impacts on the industry.

The Senate passed its repeal Wednesday.

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he didn't think the repeal would make a big difference.


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