MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Evan Hansen's delegate has a vision and bill to improve industry and create jobs through low cost energy derived from solar and gas.
The Post Office Act (MOJO) is given to its SB 2589, introduced on January 22. He has nine co-sponsors, four of them Republicans.
The purpose of the bill is to serve large-power users – industry or existing corporations with significant renewable energy goals. "There are more and more companies around the country dedicated to a large percentage of renewable energy," he said.
Large businesses like Google and Apple need data centers that use a lot of electricity and they want it from renewable, he said. "They will not come to West Virginia now if the electricity is a 93% coal grid".
The bill makes a way of power, he said. One person feeds electricity for a customer from a sunny farm built on a surface post-mine site. The other plants feed from a third party joint-convenience facility built near an industrial site.
Conventional plants build both power and steam for heat. The bill does not specify the fuel source once, but Hansen consists of natural gas. The bill states that this third party co-generating plant will not be identified as a utility and regulated by the Public Service Commission if it caters to a single customer or not more than five customers on the same property or just adjacent to it.
These power options are not mandated, he said, just a choice.
A bill introduced by Hansen was only mentioned by the solar farms. Discussions with the West Virginia Makers Association and West Virginia West Energy User Group – which defines itself as "a state association around intense industrial, chemical, manufacturing and intensive industrial associations" – as a result of the addition of the power-generating plants.
President Rebecca McPhail, President of the Association of Businesses, spoke about the purchase of his group in an email exchange.
"The cost of electricity is an important consideration for manufacturers, and it is a preference for manufacturers to be welcomed," she said.
"In addition, some of our members may have requirements or goals to use electricity from renewable sources, and be willing to buy the power generated solar power in West Virginia voluntarily.
"We encourage thinking outside the box such as HB 2589," she said, "and any other legislation that gives us a competitive edge and that we can produce and employ people in West Virginia."
Double reference is referenced to the bill, first to Technology and Infrastructure, then on Energy. Hansen said he did not get any sign that he will appear on the Technology agenda, and he understands that new ideas can take several years to get a pull.
However, he did his homework on what is available for sun farms. This bill is mentioned in its legislative results.
The 2011 analysis states that there are more than 550 square miles of surface surface minerals and other degrading ground in the state, and less than 2 percent productive use has been restored.
The 2017 Downstream Strategies say 2017 study with 219 square miles of land suitable for large-scale solar farms. And the third 2018 study shows that West Virginia is spending its competitive advantage for low electricity rates over the last ten years.
"There is a lot of this land," said Hansen, "It is already degrading. It is not being economically productive. It should be a public policy in the Western State of Australia to do something productive with the parcels to create jobs and to foster the economy. "I want to think about the objective of diversifying the economy and the sharing of jobs here, Democratic and Republican, that the leadership of the Republicans will greatly increase this. "