SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 77
(By Senators Unger and Williams)
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance authorize a study of alternative and renewable energy sources, incentives and opportunities including those expressed in the Governor’s five-year energy plan published in 2013.
Whereas, The Legislature has expressed support of the solar industry over the past five years, including Senate Bill 465 that provided an alternative infrastructure and vehicle tax credit in 2011 including electricity from solar; and
Whereas, Alternative and renewable energy portfolio standards need to be improved to include language which establishes a solar renewable energy credit system; and
Whereas, The soft costs associated with solar energy represent an impediment to certain growth of the industry and evaluating appropriate incentives, tax credits and economic stimulus funding sources will promote job growth and energy independence in this state; and
Whereas, Once alternative and renewable energy options are fully investigated and identified the solar industry will be able to thrive and grow in the future and provide for a more diverse energy sector; and
Whereas, A study on how the solar industry can benefit the state including appropriate programs that promote the solar energy sector, providing appropriate incentives in order to encourage a manufacturer to locate a domestic solar facility in this state and providing incentives for institutions of higher education to conduct research and development to help establish West Virginia as a leader in the United States for solar energy projects; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to authorize a study of alternative and renewable energy sources, incentives and opportunities including those expressed in the Governor’s five-year energy plan published in 2013; and, be it Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.