What the FirstEnergy talking head doesn't tell the consumer is that they're paying for this program. Sure, you can buy a CFL light bulb for 50 cents, or get a small rebate on a new appliance, but all FirstEnergy's costs for the program are recovered from ratepayers, including their marketing costs for the program.
As part of their merger settlement in West Virginia, FirstEnergy was required to offer energy efficiency and demand response programs in the state. Because consumers like you saving electricity cuts into their profit margin, FirstEnergy has proposed an ineffectual, weak energy efficiency program that's going to cost more than its potential savings. And because out-of-state energy companies view the WV PSC as their champion against the citizens of this state, FirstEnergy expects their proposal to sail through PSC approvals. Read about the program at Energy Efficient West Virginia's website.
You will be paying for this program in your "Potomac Edison" bill, but unless you're a commercial/industrial customer who wants to change out the lighting in your business, or a low-income customer who needs a few free lightbulbs or a faucet aerator, you will get absolutely nothing in return for the monthly fee you will be charged for this program. Why isn't this meager program offered to everyone? Is FirstEnergy afraid that your electric bill might go down, along with their revenue?
FirstEnergy customers need to take action with the WV PSC to make FirstEnergy's Energy Efficiency program better. PATH opponents know all about getting involved at the PSC, and we need to share our knowledge with all our neighbors. We're not going to be asking anyone to intervene this time, merely to participate in public comment. You PATH opponents know how easy that is (compared to all we've been through over the past 3 years!)
Energy Efficient West Virginia and the Coalition for Reliable Power will be co-hosting a series of public meetings designed to solicit input from FirstEnergy customers around the state beginning this month. The first meeting will be held at the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library on Tuesday, August 23, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Come join us and save some money on your "Potomac Edison" bill! More information can be obtained from The Coalition for Reliable Power or Energy Efficient West Virginia.
Read more about the upcoming meetings, including our meeting agenda, format and attendees, by checking the blog at Coalition for Reliable Power regularly. If you are tired of constantly rising electric bills, come and find out how and why rates go up and the simple steps you can take to make your electric provider work for you to save money for your business and reduce your residential costs for power.