Appalachian Power, Wheeling Power request approval for energy efficiency programs updates

Published on April 05, 2019 by Kevin Randolph

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Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power recently requested approval from the Public Service Commission of West Virginia to update its energy efficiency programs and introduce a new economic development fund.

The proposed energy efficiency program changes include two new programs, the Low-Income Multi-Family Program and the Small Business Direct Install Program.

The Low-Income Multi-Family Program will provide energy efficiency upgrades in individual units of multi-family buildings. It will provide services such as energy efficient lighting installation, water heating measures, appliance upgrades, insulation and HVAC replacement and maintenance. It will also aim to raise awareness and understanding of energy efficiency among participating building owners, managers and tenants.

The Small Business Direct Install Program will educate small business owners about energy efficiency and provide financial incentives to encourage energy efficiency improvements.

The company also filed a request for approval of an economic development fund to generate funds for projects to diversify the economy and attract new business to the company’s West Virginia service territory. Projects could include economic development agency support, workforce training, site development and marketing and promotion to potential industries.

A monthly customer meter charge of 12 cents, generating approximately $670,000 annually, and equal company matching funds would finance the fund.

“This is another tool to support economic growth in the state,” Chris Beam, Appalachian Power president and chief operating office, said. “The key to West Virginia’s future is growing the economy. Our job is to help achieve the best possible future for the state.”