by Chris Dickerson
West Virginia Record
CHARLESTON – West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Feb. 3 signed House Bill 2001, repealing the West Virginia Alternative Renewable Energy Portfolio Act.
“In 2009 when the Legislature approved West Virginia’s Alternative Renewable Energy Portfolio, the act had overwhelming support from business and industry,” Tomblin said in a statement. “We understand economic drivers and factors change over time, and the act as it was passed in 2009 is no longer beneficial for our state.
“After it passed both houses of the Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, I have signed House Bill 2001, repealing the West Virginia Alternative Renewable Energy Portfolio Act.”
Last month, the House of Delegates voted 95-4 to repeal the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Act, which was championed by former Gov. Joe Manchin. The state Senate voted 33-0 to repeal the act.