A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Power Play: Countering Electric Utilities’ Political Influence

corporate state political donors map

Public interest groups are building political will to counter electric utilities’ influence in state governments.

For the Love of Birds

Volunteers across Virginia participate in a statewide survey of breeding birds to create better conservation policy.

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.

Retired Southwest Virginia Couple Goes Solar

Kathy and Gary Selvage

Retired couple Kathy and Gary Selvage are happy they decided to put solar panels on their Southwest Virginia home.

Battling for Black Lung Benefits

complicated black lung disease

The deadly disease is on the rise, but funding for healthcare will be halved unless Congress acts this year.

Imbalance of Power

Related Stories Intro: Imbalance of Power The Problem with Monopoly Utilities Power Play: Countering Electric Utilities’ Political Influence Seeking Cooperative Change When we think of shared resources, our waterways, forests and air are often the first that come to mind.

The Bluestone Turnpike Trail

Bluestone National Scenic River

This roughly 10-mile trail follows the Bluestone River in southern West Virginia and gives hikers a taste of the wild.

Mountain Valley Pipeline Sparks Anger

Tree-sit in path of Mountain Valley Pipeline

Pipeline construction crews have upset residents along Mountain Valley’s route by logging near tree-sitters, ignoring a state-issued temporary work suspension and accidentally pelting a family with erosion control pellets.

Seeking Cooperative Change

PVEC meeting vote

Jeff Lewis lost the election for Powell Valley Electric Cooperative’s board, but he hopes they will take his concerns to heart.

Versatile Vultures

These misunderstood scavengers of the sky play a vital role in our ecosystem.