Presentation Title

Odd Man Out: An Analysis of West Virginia's Slow Adoption of Energy Efficiency

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

energy efficiency, West Virginia, Appalachia

Biography

Sam Holiskey is a senior double majoring in English and Political Science. She looks forward to serving as an Americorps VISTA after graduation and then studying political communication in graduate school.

Major

English and Political Science

Advisor for this project

Dr. Warner

Start Date

20-4-2017 3:00 PM

End Date

20-4-2017 4:15 PM

Abstract

For the past several years, West Virginia's legislature has introduced bills incentivizing energy efficiency for businesses, citizens, and government buildings. Repeatedly, these bills have failed to pass through the legislative process, stalling in committee. Moreover, West Virginia has some of the least progressive energy efficiency legislation in the country. This seems like an anomaly, because energy efficiency policies in West Virginia's bordering states are failing to diffuse. In this paper, I explore some reasons for West Virginia's lack of energy efficiency policy, applying theories of political communication and agenda setting to offer insight into how similar states have overcome opposition and effectively passed energy efficiency legislation.

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Odd Man Out: An Analysis of West Virginia's Slow Adoption of Energy Efficiency

For the past several years, West Virginia's legislature has introduced bills incentivizing energy efficiency for businesses, citizens, and government buildings. Repeatedly, these bills have failed to pass through the legislative process, stalling in committee. Moreover, West Virginia has some of the least progressive energy efficiency legislation in the country. This seems like an anomaly, because energy efficiency policies in West Virginia's bordering states are failing to diffuse. In this paper, I explore some reasons for West Virginia's lack of energy efficiency policy, applying theories of political communication and agenda setting to offer insight into how similar states have overcome opposition and effectively passed energy efficiency legislation.