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In Tennessee, Powell Valley Electric Co-op members speak out

Bee keepers in Claiborne Co., Tenn.

Electric co-ops are governed by boards who are democratically elected, and therefore supposedly responsive to their customers, who are also co-owners of these utilities. The Powell Valley Electric Cooperative in east Tennessee has stirred grave concern with its herbicide spraying policy, and members are speaking out.

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New renewable energy options for French Broad co-op members

solar panels

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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Got 90 seconds? New video explains electric utility financing for residential energy efficiency

Contact: Rory McIlmoil, Appalachian Voices, Energy Savings Program Manager, 828-262-1500, rory@appvoices.org Cat McCue, Appalachian Voices, Director of Communications, 434-293-6373, cat@appvoices.org A video short released today aims to broadly publicize a rarely used model of financing for utilities to pay the

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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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French Broad communities broadly support on-bill financing

Community members in the French Broad electric co-op service area in western NC attend a forum on energy efficiency.

Our recent “French Broad Community Energy Forum” in western North Carolina brought together more than 60 residents and representatives of local government, community service agencies, and businesses to learn and talk about the advantages of providing upfront financing for residents to make home energy efficiency improvements.

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