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Solar Projects Shine in Southwest Virginia

Members of solar workgroup stand outside a high school

Collaborative efforts to bring solar to businesses, homes, schools and an abandoned mine move forward.

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Gov. Jim Justice’s Barren Mine Lands and Unpaid Taxes

Gov. Jim Justice

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice made nearly $2 billion off Appalachia’s coalfields, but his family’s mines owe back taxes in multiple states. They have also accrued hundreds of environmental violations, and many idled mines are still unreclaimed.

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Energy Democracy in Action

Choctaw Electric meeting

In Appalachia and across the country, ratepayers are demanding more clean energy, affordability, choice and transparency from their energy providers. Roanoke Electric Cooperative Roanoke Electric Exemplifies Service to Members A rural North Carolina cooperative responds to member feedback by fostering

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The Problem with Monopoly Utilities

Transmission lines.

Much of America’s energy system still runs like it did in the early 20th century, but times are changing.

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Hidden Treasures: Public Forests

Yellow Branch Falls

Here, we outline a multitude of gorgeous spots off the beaten path in our national forests.

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Meet Appalachia’s Pollinators

Hairy flower chafer beetle

Buzzing bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and more help keep Appalachia’s flora in bloom.

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Fracked and Overwhelmed

fracking site

As fracking and related infrastructure expand, so does the industry’s impacts on local residents.

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Water Systems: The Invisible Infrastructure

Mason jars with yellow tap water

Most Americans don’t think twice about the ability to turn on a tap and have clean, safe water pour out. “Water is something we take for granted,” says Glenn Barnes, associate director of the Environmental Finance Center at the University

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Mountain Wind

Simulated Rocky Forge Wind Project

While the Southeast currently has the least amount of installed wind energy in the United States, Virginia could soon see its first wind farm.

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Harnessing Solar in Appalachia

The United States is in the midst of a solar boom. The Solar Energy Industries Association reported a 97 percent increase in solar installations in 2016 compared to 2015. But as other states take advantage of solar, much of Appalachia

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