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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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While the nation celebrates Energy Efficiency Day, N.C.’s High Country residents left out in the cold

Boone, N.C. — Residents, businesses, local and state governments, electric utilities and others all across the United States will celebrate October 5th as National Energy Efficiency Day. Proclaimed a national day of recognition in 2016 as part of a bigger

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PVEC member voices need to be heard on Sept. 15

Powell Valley Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting is coming up — and now, more than ever, member voices need to be heard.

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New TVA rate structure likely to harm low-income families

TVA’s new “Grid Access Charge” will reduce both local power companies’ and end users’ ability to control their monthly energy costs.

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Engaging Members of Electric Cooperatives

Our Energy Savings team has been working to educate, organize and provide technical support to member-owners who want to increase participation in their rural electric cooperatives.

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New renewable energy options for French Broad co-op members

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Today’s guest blogger Alex Arnold focuses on a new policy from French Broad electric co-op in western North Carolina that promotes residential renewable energy generation, including solar energy

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Report finds thousands in western N.C. and eastern Tenn. need energy efficiency financing

Marshall, N.C. on the French Broad River. Photo by Jamie Goodman

CONTACT: Rory McIlmoil, Appalachian Voices Energy Savings Program Manager, rory@appvoices.org, (828) 262-1500 Boone, N.C. — A program that pays for the upfront cost of home energy improvements could lower monthly bills for thousands of families in western North Carolina while

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The importance of being earnest — about energy efficiency

Energy use and costs are higher in Appalachia than the national average, so when a high proportion of family income goes towards paying the utility bill, something needs to be done in order to reduce people’s electricity bills through improved home energy efficiency.

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Keeping energy through the generations

“We do everything we can to keep energy,” Barbara Taylor says as she heads down the stairs to the basement of the home she has shared with her husband, Paul, in New Tazewell, Tennessee since 1980. Outside it’s a humid 78 degrees, but in the narrow basement room that houses the Taylors’ heat pump it’s cool and dry.

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Reports show need for energy efficiency financing in western NC

Contacts: Rory McIlmoil, Appalachian Voices, 828-262-1500, rory@appvoices.org Amber Moodie-Dyer, Appalachian Voices, 828-262-1500, amber@appvoices.org Daniel Kauffman, ResiSpeak, 919-812-5657, dk@resispeak.com BOONE, N.C. — Two reports released today by Appalachian Voices show how effective home energy efficiency improvements can be for saving families

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