West Virginia lawmakers send energy act repeal to governor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Republican-run Legislature is sending a repeal of an energy portfolio to Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

The Senate cast a 33-0 procedural vote Tuesday to repeal the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.

Both chambers previously passed the repeal overwhelmingly. Tomblin has five days to act on it.

The portfolio requires generating 25 percent of electricity with renewable or alternative power sources by 2025. Some coal-burning technologies qualify.

FirstEnergy official Sammy Gray has said his company could comply with requirements without increased costs, lost jobs, higher rates or business plan changes.

The state Coal Association helped write the standard. Now, it says it supports repeal amid increased federal regulations and legal impacts on the industry.

Tomblin has said he doesn’t think the repeal would make a big difference.

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