West Virginia Gov.
Earl Ray Tomblin has said he expects the state to get a lot more power from solar and wind, but he said the state will not see a net increase in the number of jobs and the number that are supported by the energy sector.
“It is the kind of thing that I’m trying to make sure is communicated,” Tomblin said on “Good Morning America” on Monday.
He added that he expects that solar and other renewable sources will be in the state’s future and that the state has a plan to support it.
“What we’re going to be seeing is, we’ll see solar come on and that we will see wind and we’ll have an economy in the region that’s sustainable and competitive,” he said.
“The question is, will that work in a way that is more sustainable than what we have now.”
He added, however, that he’s optimistic about renewables.
“I do think that solar is going to come on,” Tomblen said.
Tomblin made the remarks on ABC’s “GMA Morning Afternoon” on Sunday.
He said the economy will continue to grow, adding that West Virginia will still have a long way to go before it is competitive with states like Texas and Alabama.
The governor also said that he is hopeful that the Trump administration will continue the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, saying that they will continue their commitment to that.
The U.S. is not a single market for renewable energy.
But the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a report published last year that the U,S.
could potentially achieve net metering by 2020.
The goal is to get to a point where electricity consumers receive a fixed amount of money for every kilowatt hour they use.
The plan has yet to be finalized by the Trump Administration.
However, the president has said that the United States is ready to meet its goal of having 100 percent of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025.