Thursday, February 4th, 2016 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments
Late last month, we learned that the U.S. Forest Service rejected the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s proposed route. This development significantly checks the lickety-split pace of the project. If that renews your desire to take action, there are opportunities channel that feeling into these important legislative fights in the General Assembly.
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Thursday, January 28th, 2016 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments
From Appalachian Voices' Press Room: Earlier this week, a wide array of Virginia leaders released a letter asking Governor Terry McAuliffe to reject efforts by Dominion Power that would increase carbon pollution in the Commonwealth. [ More ]
Thursday, January 21st, 2016 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments
Clean energy is a major area for potential policy changes during this year’s General Assembly session. But some of the most exciting measures that legislators are considering face significant challenges. Here is a roundup of energy bills to watch. [ More ]
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments
For folks living and working in western Virginia, Appalachian Power Co. is now offering its first-ever energy efficiency audit program for homeowners. There's quite a lot more APCo could be doing, but this is a good start and we applaud the company. [ More ]
Thursday, January 14th, 2016 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments
A new study shows that, in complying with the federal Clean Power Plan, Virginia should prioritize renewable energy and energy efficiency and allow for participation in carbon trading with other states in order to boost economic activity, cut electricity costs, and safeguard healthy air. Such an approach could yield more than $25 million a year for economic development efforts in Southwest Virginia.
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Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments
Jill Averitt lives in Central Virginia with her extended family on a patch of land where collectively they are raising seven children, lots of vegetables--and in the past year, a ruckus over Dominion's plans to run a massive fracked gas pipeline right through that land. She created the "Prayers Not Pipelines" project as a powerful way to connect with her neighbors, and to protect her home and community. [ More ]
Friday, December 18th, 2015 | Posted by Thom Kay | 1 Comment
Today the U.S. Congress passed a spending bill that covers expenditures for agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, Department of Labor, and the Appalachian Regional Commission. The spending bill is a big deal for Appalachian Voices and our work. And honestly, it looks pretty darn good.
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Friday, December 18th, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments
Around this time of year, we usually offer a legislative preview, looking ahead at the issues that will arise in the upcoming session of the Virginia General Assembly. Recent events relate to some of those possible energy policy changes, thickening the plot and making this session one worth engaging in — especially for customers of Appalachian Power Company. [ More ]
Saturday, November 28th, 2015 | Posted by Cat McCue | 1 Comment
Tony Flaccavento has been a leading voice for sustainable economic development in southwest Virginia for more than two decades. An organic farmer, small businessman and author, Tony has been making a series of short videos exploring the positive forces of localized, sustainable economies. [ More ]
Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments
Appalachian Power Company customers gathered in Roanoke recently to learn more about their electricity provider's long-term resource plans and get involved in these critical decisions. Here's a look at how APCo’s plan stands to impede Virginia from harnessing its full renewable energy potential. [ More ]
Friday, November 6th, 2015 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments
From Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s perspective, it’s probably best to just keep a lid on what state officials say publicly about controversial natural gas pipelines proposed to cut through the state. But among opponents of the pipelines, the administration’s actions are only deepening skepticism of the governor and his relationship with the projects' primary backers. [ More ]
Friday, October 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments
While the draft Stream Protection Rule is far from perfect, it is a long overdue update to protections for surface and groundwater from mountaintop removal coal mining. Not surprisingly, the coal industry had relied on “war on coal” talking points to fight against the rule, and claims these protections are unnecessary and will undermine an otherwise viable industry. Let’s examine those claims.
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