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.

Legal Action and Protests Against Pipelines

protest sign

Numerous lawsuits have led to a complete halt to construction on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and at Mountain Valley Pipeline water crossings as protests against pipelines continue to spring up.

Power to the People

Randy Wilson

In Appalachia and across the country, people are reclaiming their power from electricity monopolies that weren’t serving their needs.

Keeping Eyes on Coal’s Impact

DJ Coker

Citizen scientists surveil water quality near active and former coal mines to hold companies accountable to the law.

Banding Together for Better Power Options

An Ohio state law has allowed hundreds of communities to choose a more affordable power supplier.

N.C. Lowers Risk Rating of Coal Ash Pits

Duke Energy may now be able to cap six toxic coal ash dumps in North Carolina in place instead of transporting the material to lined landfills after state regulators classified the dumps as “low risk.”

Virginians Petition For Change at Their Electric Co-op

people holding sign

Rappahannock Electric’s attempt to block members’ efforts to bring reform amendments to the ballot has sparked a legal dispute. All other Virginia electric co-ops have joined Rappahannock in opposing the members’ push for transparency.

Reform at One Southwestern Co-op Spurs Change at Another

man looking at sign

In the Southwest, several electric cooperatives are demanding better terms and more renewables from their power provider.

Members of Choctaw Electric Continue to Reform Their Co-op

Choctaw Electric meeting

Deep-seated corruption at an Oklahoma electric cooperative spurred several member-owners to organize a campaign for reform.

Forming a Municipal Utility

man pulling lever

Some cities and counties like Winter Park, Fla., have terminated their contracts with commercial utilities and formed municipal, publicly owned utilities instead.

Advocates Increase Powell Valley Electric Co-op Member Participation

people in line

A citizens group is calling for transparency at their electric cooperative, and helped to generate the second-largest voter turnout in recent history at the co-op’s annual meeting.