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Make a Difference in N.C. in the New Year!

citizens with signs protesting the rate hike

Duke Energy is seeking a damaging rate hike of nearly 17% that would hit low-income folks the hardest and lower incentives for solar and energy efficiency — all while forcing ratepayers to cover the cost of Duke’s coal ash mistakes. Show up and speak out!

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Get to know the Energy Savings team and what drives our work

Our Energy Savings campaign works to expand energy efficiency and empower members of electric cooperatives. Learn about our campaign and why each member of our team is passionate about this work.

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Upgrade your home without breaking the bank

In Alleghany County, N.C., Christian Lannie used Blue Ridge Energy’s Energy SAVER loan program to finance home upgrades that make his family’s home more comfortable in the winter while lowering electric bills.

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Energized by Efficiency: SOCM members and their dedication to reducing energy waste

Over the last two years, SOCM’s Cumberland County Chapter has advocated for on-bill financing program for energy efficiency at their electric co-op, Volunteer Energy Cooperative.

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Gov. Cooper should crack down on Duke Energy’s hazards

Recent revelations of collusion between Duke Energy and university scientists regarding coal ash should come as no surprise. Duke is, after all, a notorious corporate polluter on federal probation after pleading guilty to systemic violations of the Clean Water Act.

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The Land Matrix, Part 2: The major players

Part two of the Land Matrix series takes a look at how major landowners like coal corporations affect the land ownership in Appalachia — and how this top-heavy structure could be preventing major changes that would have positive impacts on the local economy.

Energy Savings progress in 2017 provides momentum for 2018

From community resolutions to Pay As You Save, 2017 has been quite the year for the Energy Savings for Appalachia campaign. Read about our campaign this year and find out how you can get involved!

A roadmap to boosting solar in Southwest Virginia

Cover of the Solar Roadmap for Southwest Virginia

Last week, the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia released an outline for bringing a just, sustainable energy economy to the coalfield region.

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More water pollution from the Kingston coal plant?

This week, Tennessee officials are reviewing the renewal of a water discharge permit for Kingston, Tenn. coal-fired power plant that spilled 1.1 billion gallons of coal ash in 2008 — but the new draft permit makes no improvements toward protecting public waters.

Virginia Water Board to decide on fracked-gas pipelines

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This week and next, the Virginia State Water Control Board will decide whether to allow pipeline companies to build the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. Show up to add your comment and show opposition to these senseless projects!

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