§5C-2-1. Legislative findings

Published: 2015

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WVC 5 C- 2 - 1

§5C-2-1. Legislative findings.

(a) The Legislature finds that:

(1) Coal is an important fuel source for keeping the household

energy costs low in the state of West Virginia;

(2) Continued protection of the state's environment, public

health and welfare requires that new emissions reduction

technologies that protect and improve air quality be evaluated for

their environmental effectiveness and economic viability;

(3) The diversity of fuel used to generate electricity is a

significant factor in providing reliable and economical energy to

the citizens of the state of West Virginia;

(4) The price of electricity generated with coal has remained

relatively unchanged over the past twenty years;

(5) The continued recovery and utilization of coal resources

are important to the state's economy;

(6) Advancements in clean coal technology clearly demonstrate

that electricity from coal can be produced in a more efficient,

economical and environmentally friendly manner; and

(7) Advancements in alternative coal usage has produced useful

household, commercial and industrial technologies.

(b) The Legislature determines that, consistent with the

protection of the public health and welfare, the protection of air

quality, the protection of the environment, the operation of

existing industries, the enhancement of the long-term economic

health and the improved reliability of electric generation in the state, it is a goal of this state's energy policy that technologies

be explored to increase the efficiencies and decrease the emissions

from electricity generated by coal.

(c) It is the policy of this state that clean coal

technologies and alternative coal uses will be explored in order


(1) Preserve fuel diversity and maintain reliable, low-cost

sources of electric power;

(2) Identify technologies for reducing the emissions from

existing coal-fired electric generation; and

(3) Identify new, cleaner coal-fired electric generation

technologies that may be used to provide new generating capacity.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session

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