HB2201 Now on Gov. Tomblin’s Desk: Veto Needed

HB2201 is back on Gov. Tomblin’s desk.  He has until Saturday to veto it.  He needs to veto HB2201 a second time.  HB2201 is completely unnecessary, because net metering was protected in HB2001, and all of the contents of HB2201 are already covered in the WV PSC’s net metering rules.

The Charleston Daily Mail ran an op ed by eastern panhandle solar power installer Bill Anderson today that does a good job of explaining why Gov. Tomblin should veto HB2201.  His piece contains this common sense nugget:

HB 2201 is not a good bill. Good bills are written to fix a well-defined problem. The purpose of HB 2201 is obscure to both legislators and the public.
A week ago, the Charleston Gazette ran my op ed that provides a little more detail about how HB2201 got so bad.  My piece also shows how AEP and FirstEnergy lobbyists perverted the course of an initially well-intentioned bill.
The result of all this meddling and manipulation is that HB2201 is now a mess that casts a cloud of regulatory uncertainty over business investment and innovation in West Virginia.
And as Mr. Anderson concludes his piece:

I respectfully request that Gov. Tomblin veto this bill again. (He vetoed an earlier version due to technical flaws).

A veto will serve the interests the governor’s constituents and enhance the prospects for private investments in energy generation far into the future.

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