Consumer Energy Alliance starts education effort in West Virginia

PARKERSBURG — A statewide campaign to educate lawmakers, residents and businesses about the benefits of energy and the central role it plays in their everyday lives and budgets has been started by the Consumer Energy Alliance.

The Campaign for America’s Energy will highlight the importance affordable, reliable energy plays in the lives of families and businesses, and the consequences that result from bad policy decisions.

The group will continue to hold the energy industry in West Virginia and throughout its neighboring states to a high safety standard, and recognize the need for continued innovation to advance environmental goals.

“We are at a crossroads where elected leaders throughout the state have a unique chance to support a balanced, responsible energy policy that satisfies the needs of all West Virginians,” said Greg Kozera, director of marketing at Shale Crescent. “CEA’s Campaign for America’s Energy will actively engage policymakers so they realize the opportunity West Virginia’s energy resources provide and how our energy needs can be met while also protecting the environment.”

The launch of this movement, aimed at changing, balancing and improving the energy discussion so that those directly impacted have a greater voice in the dialogue.

The effort will give elected officials the opportunity to adopt new policies that support energy production and delivery.

The group aims to bring greater awareness to how rejecting or delaying energy production and infrastructure hurts lower-income households and those on fixed incomes, like retirees.

The campaign comes at a time when, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, West Virginians spend nearly $3,960 annually per person on energy – nearly 10 percent of the state’s median household income.

These expenses often saddle households and small businesses who can least afford them, including those in Ohio, Wetzel and Doddridge counties and in Charleston and Parkersburg.

“West Virginians shouldn’t have to choose between heating or cooling their homes, buying a meal, or filling a medical prescription, yet for too many, that’s precisely what’s happening – and energy costs are a big reason why,” said Chris Ventura, executive director of CEA-Midwest. “Yes, we agree: We must push energy companies to innovate, reduce emissions, and improve performance. Protecting and improving the environment is a must-do. But so is lowering the cost of energy, and we can only do this if Democrats and Republicans work together to push balanced legislation.”

CEA, an advocacy organization representing many different types of consumers like families, manufacturers, agriculture, transporters, distributors, energy producers, renewables and various other industries in West Virginia and across the U.S., focuses on helping ensure stable prices, energy security, and balanced energy policy for those consumers across the country.

The organization pushes energy companies to innovate and improve performance while supporting energy independence and a diversification of our energy resources, including renewables like solar and wind.

For more information on the campaign, visit www.consumerenergyalliance.org/campaign-for-americas-energy/West-Virginia.

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