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Gov. Jim Justice seeing red with electric grid operators in West Virginia

January 2nd, 2023 by WCBC Radio

Calls by West Virginia’s electric utilities over the Christmas weekend asking residents to conserve power during the record-breaking cold snap left Gov. Jim Justice seeing red. The company which manages the electric grid for West Virginia and 12 other states plus Washington, D.C., issued a call for customers in the service area to curtail non-essential use of electric in response to an increased load on the grid due to a blast of Arctic air plunging outdoor temperature below zero. Speaking during a virtual COVID-19 briefing with reporters from the State Capitol Building, Justice pointed to the Christmas weekend grid issues as the latest example of the need for the nation to have an all-of-the-above energy policy that continues to keep coal and natural gas power generation in the conversation…