Appalachian Power is betting big on renewable energy. The company — which serves about 1 million customers in Southern West Virginia, Tennessee and Virginia — has projected that wind and solar power will make up 25 percent of its energy generation by 2031. That means a continued shift from coal.
Appalachian Power President Chris Beam says the shift is essential if West Virginia is to lure major employers who will insist on energy generated from renewable sources.
“At the end of the day, West Virginia may not require us to be clean, but our customers are requiring it,” Beam said. “We have to be mindful of what our customers want.”