If New Jersey wants wind power from the Midwest, should that mean a power line gets built across West Virginia to supply it?
And if it does, should West Virginians help pay for it?
The West Virginia PSC, who only talks to the media through spokespeople, looks at ISAC as "a seat at the table."
However, without integrated resource planning, which was rejected by the legislature last year at the urging of AEP & FE, West Virginia might as well stay home.
Regulatory expert Scott Hempling says:
"...states that do Integrated Resource Planning will get the most out of the ISAC. It's clear enough that a state that doesn't have its own vision for the mix and type and timing of power supply … is putting itself in a down position," he said, while also asserting his familiarity with and respect for West Virginia's commission.
"States will have a much softer voice in the regional discussion if they don't have their own plans because they'll have nothing to assert — they're just reacting," he said. "It's better to write the first draft."
"Just reacting." That astutely describes West Virginia's Public Service Commission, who continues to eschew the public interest in favor of corporate initiatives.