A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Kevin Ridder

Born in Arizona and raised in Tennessee, Kevin’s love of the mountains drove him to move even further east to Boone, N.C., where he serves as The Appalachian Voice's Associate Editor and a communications associate for the organization.

Seeking a Path to 100% Clean Energy

human formation of a sun and 100% clean power

Localities across Appalachia and the nation have pledged to fully convert to green power — but restrictive policies and monopoly utilities are holding them back.

Appalachian Power Restricts Solar Savings in Virginia

solar array by greenhouse

Public schools and other government entities in Virginia are unable to take advantage of the cost-saving benefits of solar due to restrictive policies put in place by Appalachian Power.

A High Price for Low-Quality Water

Residents of Martin County, Ky., and many other rural communities often deal with contaminated water despite exorbitant monthly bills.

MVP Ordered to Halt Work, Buckingham Gets Day in Court

Federal regulators ordered Mountain Valley Pipeline developers to halt work in mid-October, and a community’s legal challenge against a proposed compressor station in Union Hill, Va., moved forward.

Kentucky Agency and Conservationists Fight Proposed Gas Pipeline

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest are fighting a proposed Louisville Gas & Electric natural gas pipeline that would cut through the protected woodland.

Rate Hike Provision Backed by Duke Energy Fails to Pass NC Legislature

The North Carolina General Assembly removed a controversial provision from a ratemaking bill that would have allowed Duke Energy to enact multi-year rate hikes.

West Rim Loop Trail

Cloudland Canyon

A hike through Cloudland Canyon State Park reveals spectacular views of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Black Lung Association Responds to the Deadly Disease’s Rise

The Black Lung Association has a storied history of fighting for miners’ rights to occupational healthcare. Today, that fight continues as rates of the disease continue to climb.

Workers Push for Pay After Bankruptcy

After Blackjewel and Revelation Energy declared bankruptcy in July, the companies retroactively withdrew paychecks from their former employees’ bank accounts, triggering a nearly two-month long protest and several court battles.

A Pilot Program’s Uncertain Record

Some projects receiving federal funds for economic development near abandoned mines have strong community support; others, not so much.