§24-2F-9. Interagency agreements; alternative and renewable energy resource planning assessment.

(a) Interagency agreements. -- The commission may enter into interagency agreements with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Division of Energy to carry out the responsibilities set forth in this article.

(b) Alternative and renewable energy resource planning assessment. -- The commission, in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Division of Energy, shall conduct an ongoing alternative and renewable energy resource planning assessment for this state that shall, at a minimum: (i) Identify current and operating alternative and renewable energy resource facilities in this state; (ii) assess the potential to add future generating capacity in this state from alternative and renewable energy resource facilities; (iii) assess the conditions of the alternative and renewable energy resource marketplace, including costs associated with alternative and renewable energy; (iv) assess the economic impacts of this article on coal and coal mining in West Virginia; (v) recommend methods to maintain or increase the relative competitiveness of the alternative and renewable energy resource market in this state; and (vi) recommend to the Legislature additional compliance goals for alternative and renewable energy portfolio standards beyond 2025.

The commission shall report the initial results of its assessment to the Governor, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Delegates within three years of the effective date of this article and shall report the ongoing results of the assessment on a yearly basis thereafter, except that on or before January 1, 2012, the commission, in collaboration with the Public Energy Authority, shall report the initial results of its assessment to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.