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Response to Virginia Gov. Northam signing Executive Order 43

CONTACTS: Cat McCue, 434-293-6373, cat@appvoices.org Today, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed Executive Order 43, setting a goal for the commonwealth to achieve 100 percent zero-carbon electricity by 2050. Statement from Appalachian Voices Executive Director Tom Cormons: This announcement from the

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Southwest Va. groups join in with world’s largest grassroots solar event

CONTACTS: Austin Counts, Appalachian Voices, 276-679-1691, austin@appvoices.org Wise County, Va. – The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia joins the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and hundreds of solar installers and grassroots organizations throughout America to showcase thousands of solar-powered

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Customer-owned utilities should be leaders on clean energy. Why do most of them fail to deliver?

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Clean energy expert Ivy Main looks at how a lack of transparency and democracy at many Virginia electric cooperatives is causing them to fall behind on renewable energy. Member-owners at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative are trying to change that.

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When “clean” energy isn’t

Once the planet’s temperature rises 1.5 degrees Celsius due to global warming, “the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse polish off their martinis, look at each other, and say, ‘It’s go time.’”

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New coalition launches to reform Virginia energy policy

MEDIA CONTACTS Cat McCue, 434-293-6373, cat@appvoices.org Cassady Craighill, 828-817-3328, cassady@cleanvirginia.org Peter Vicenzi, (202) 942-7621, pvicenzi@freedomworks.org Richmond – Nine organizations representing a wide range of public policy ideologies introduced the Virginia Energy Reform Coalition today, an unprecedented coalition united to reform

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Power to the People

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

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Revitalizing Ouachita: How One Electric Co-op is Moving Forward

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Ouachita Electric Cooperative in Arkansas offers programs that make energy efficiency and high-speed internet accessible and affordable, and is using solar to help grow the local economy and save money. If Ouachita can do it, what’s stopping other electric co-ops from following suit?

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Blue Ridge Energy’s solar policies among the worst in Southeast

A new interactive website launched this week by the Southern Environmental Law Center highlights Blue Ridge Energy electric cooperative as having one of the worst solar energy policies of all electric utilities throughout the Southeast. The website, “Rates of Solar,”

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The Problem with Monopoly Utilities

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Much of America’s energy system still runs like it did in the early 20th century, but times are changing.

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Tell Virginia’s Governor to Plan for Clean Energy

Virginia is drafting a state energy plan, so it’s time to tell Gov. Northam that we should work to replace an outdated, fossil-fuel based economy with a sustainable, clean energy economy

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