In praise of the High Country Energy Contest’s community and business partners

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 | Posted by Jaimie McGirt | No Comments

hadaway crop The Energy Savings for Appalachia team would like to thank our community and business partners for making the High Country Home Energy Contest possible. Without their dedication and service, we would not have been able to offer three households the extensive energy efficiency home improvements that we have in the past month. [ More ]

Apologies for the Dan River spill, guilt for coal ash crimes

Thursday, February 26th, 2015 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 1 Comment

Dan RiverDuke Energy likes to use a tagline about how, for more than 100 years, it has provided affordable, reliable electricity to its customers "at the flip of a switch." But a year after the Dan River spill, Duke seems to accept that coal ash pollution has its own chapter in the company’s corporate story. Now, facing federal criminal charges, Duke will pay for its crimes. [ More ]

Virginia lawmakers act on energy bills

Monday, February 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

As the Virginia General Assembly enters the final days of its 2015 session, we can look back on five action-packed weeks. Among the many issues our lawmakers labored over, a few — including changes to state energy policy — were explosive enough to consistently make headlines. Here’s a recap of the drama, along with a few important policies that received less fanfare. [ More ]

Criminal charges filed against Duke Energy

Friday, February 20th, 2015 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 9 Comments

12311876586_dd088acae8_zThe U.S. Department of Justice has filed criminal charges against Duke Energy for violating the federal Clean Water Act at coal ash sites across North Carolina. The company announced today that it has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors to resolve the charges that includes $102.2 million for fines and mitigation. [ More ]

“Clean coal” is on the fritz

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

Futuregen_DOE_Concept_artFrom The Appalachian Voice Online: As one of the most high-profile and hyped-up projects of its kind, the FutureGen “clean coal” plant in Illinois was supposed make history. So the announcement that the U.S. Department of Energy is backing out of its $1.1 billion funding promise to the project sent a shockwave through the coal sector and investors, energy analysts and environmentalists all took note. [ More ]

Meet Zach Dixon, grand prize winner of the home energy makeover contest

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 | Posted by Eliza Laubach | No Comments

Zach Dixon, a resident of Boone, N.C., and the grand prize winner of Appalachian Voices' High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest heats his house with space heaters, and chronically struggles to pay his electricity bills. With help from many partners around the High Country, we're working to change that. [ More ]

Danger still looms over the Dan River

Monday, February 9th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

amy-rally-speachIn the wake of the Dan River coal ash spill, which spewed 39,000 tons of the toxic waste into the scenic river, much attention has been given to the problems of leaky, unlined coal ash pits across North Carolina. What hasn't received adequate attention is another menacing threat just upstream from the site of last year's spill. [ More ]

Today, I prayed we #kickcoalash

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

belewsGuest Contributor Caroline Rutledge Armijo: On Sunday, Residents for Coal Ash Clean Up met on Belews Lake, overlooking the smokestacks at Duke Energy's Belews Steam Station in Stokes County, N.C. Today marks the one year anniversary of the coal ash spill into the Dan River, the third largest coal ash spill in our nation’s history but likely a drop in the bucket of what would happen if there was a spill at Belews Creek. [ More ]

Update from the Virginia General Assembly

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | 2 Comments

Richmond_Virginia_CapitolVirginia’s legislative session may be brief, but many bills with major implications for our future energy mix have already been acted on. Two weeks into this year’s session, here is a look at where our top issues stand. [ More ]

Our Energy Savings campaign is heating up in the High Country

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

zachary_dixon_and_rory_mcilmoil Back in October we launched the High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest as part of our campaign to motivate Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp. to offer an on-bill financing program for their members in western North Carolina. We solicited enough support to pay for energy efficiency retrofits for three Blue Ridge Electric members. Read on to meet the contest winners. [ More ]

EPA finalizes long-awaited coal ash regulations

Friday, December 19th, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 1 Comment

DanRiver_ashpond The day we've been waiting for has finally come. No, not Friday -- the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to release its long-awaited coal ash rule. But, as expected, the EPA's new rule does not go far enough to truly fix the major pollution problems associated with coal ash including contamination of waterways and drinking water supplies. [ More ]

A schizoid rate case and a climate directive in Virginia

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

A recent order from the Virginia State Corporation Commission could spell trouble for residential and small-scale solar in the state. But there is also reason to have hope as regulators rejected a proposal by Appalachian Power Company to nearly double the fixed fees that show up on its customers' monthly bills. Here's a look at a schizoid rate case and what it could mean for Virginia's energy future. [ More ]


 

 

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