Energy-Efficiency Investments ‘Could Save West Virginia $800m’

Energy-Efficiency Investments ‘Could Save West Virginia $800m’

Investing in energy-efficiency projects such as high-efficiency lighting, HVAC, and motors could save FirstEnergy and American Electric Power customers in West Virginia millions of dollars, avoid “unnecessary coal plants” and create 19,500 jobs, according to a report by Optimal Energy, commissioned by the Sierra Club.

The report, titled Save Money, Create Jobs: How Energy Efficiency Can Work for West Virginia, says meeting the total achievable energy-efficiency potential through 2016 could save the state’s two major utility companies’ customers a total of $800 million over the life of the efficiency investments, $550 million more than with the companies’ current plans.

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