Set More Meetings On Energy Planning

Public meetings will be held next month to learn what West Virginians think ought to be included in a strategic energy plan for the state. If you want to attend, you will have to travel to Morgantown, Martinsburg or Huntington, however.

State Department of Energy officials have scheduled hearings only in those three cities. Though comments on the plan can be submitted online, the limited series of meetings restricts Mountain State residents’ ability to talk about energy planning and offer input.

Changes in state strategy are needed. For example, a law requiring utilities to include high-cost “alternative” energy in power generation should be scrapped. No doubt state residents have other valuable ideas for the energy agency.

To hear as many of those thoughts as possible, hearings should be set at other locations, including one in the Northern Panhandle.