West Virginia House of Delegates Discusses SB 523: Economic Impact of Use of Renewable Energy Sources
At the WV Legislature: House debates SB 523 - Use of Economic ... Morgan Messenger
The West Virginia House of Delegates recently discussed Senate Bill 523, which would require the state to study the economic impact of using renewable energy sources. The bill was introduced by Senator Robert Karnes and is supported by Governor Jim Justice.
The bill calls for the West Virginia Department of Commerce to conduct a study on the economic impact of using renewable energy sources in the state. The study would include an analysis of the potential economic benefits of using renewable energy sources, such as job creation, economic development, and energy cost savings. It would also examine the potential environmental benefits of using renewable energy sources, such as reducing air and water pollution.
Supporters of the bill argue that it would help West Virginia transition to a more sustainable energy future. Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, are becoming increasingly popular and cost-effective. By studying the economic impact of using renewable energy sources, the state could determine whether investing in these sources would be beneficial for West Virginia’s economy.
Opponents of the bill argue that it is unnecessary and would be a waste of taxpayer money. They point out that West Virginia already has a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, which requires utilities to generate at least 25% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. They argue that this is sufficient and that additional studies are not needed.
The West Virginia House of Delegates will continue to discuss Senate Bill 523 in the coming weeks. It remains to be seen whether the bill will pass or not, but it is clear that renewable energy sources are becoming increasingly important in West Virginia’s energy future. By studying the economic impact of using renewable energy sources, the state could determine whether investing in these sources would be beneficial for West Virginia’s economy.
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