''Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the [http://www.energycodes.gov/states/ DOE] and [http://bcap-ocean.org/ BCAP] websites.''
In June 2009, West Virginia enacted an ''Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard'' that requires investor-owned utilities (IOUs)* with more than 30,000 residential customers to supply 25% of retail electric sales from eligible alternative and renewable energy resources by 2025.
The purpose of this law is to provide for a coordinated statewide program of air pollution prevention, abatement and control; to facilitate cooperation across jurisdictional lines in dealing with problems of air pollution not confined within single jurisdictions; to assure the economic competitiveness of the state by providing for the timely processing of permit applications and other authorizations under this article; and to provide a framework within which all values may be balanced in the public interest.
Appalachian Power is committed to continuing its energy efficiency programs through 2012, please check the website listed above or contact them directly for the latest information on the program's budget and status.
Diana Lewis, a West Virginia native and founder of Action Facilities Management, Inc., a Department of Energy contractor, is one of the small business owners being recognized by her state as the Small Business Person of the Year. During National Small Business Week she will travel to Washington, D.C. to receive an award and compete for the national title, which will be awarded on June 21.