What is happening
Monopoly utility efforts to raise our rates continue. Last month, the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) declined a request to reconsider its decision regarding Mitchell power plant costs.
Solar United Neighbors and our co-intervenors asked commissioners to reconsider their decision. We asked the PSC to reconsider their decision to require ratepayers to cover the costs for retrofits to keep the Mitchell plant running past 2028. The PSC’s decision unfairly leaves West Virginians solely responsible for bearing those costs.
Paying for Mitchell is a bad deal for West Virginia families
The PSC’s decision, once again, forces us to pay more for the expensive energy generated from the plant. This robs us of the freedom to choose where our energy comes from and use free market sources of electricity.
It is not clear how much West Virginia families will need to pay to keep the plant open. We won’t just need to pay for the electricity it generates. We’ll also need to pay for expensive upgrades to keep the plant operational. We’ll pay these costs with higher monthly electric bills.
This fight needs your voice
Luckily, we have an opportunity to voice our concerns about bad deals like this. The PSC has created the “Task Force to Assure Dependable and Affordable Electric Supply Recommendations”. The PSC created the task force to address rising energy costs.
This is your opportunity to make your voice heard!
Say NO to higher electric bills for an old, expensive coal plant! Tell the PSC not to spend more of our hard-earned money on old, expensive power plants, and to instead invest in modern clean energy development.