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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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Rural Residents Face Greater Energy Costs than National Average

chart showing energy burden by region and demographic

A new report found that rural households spend much more on energy costs than urban households and that some groups such as renters, elderly residents and non-white residents are hit particularly hard.

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TVA Eliminating Energy Efficiency Rebates

Funds for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s eScore, which offered rebates to customers who installed energy efficiency upgrades, will be redirected to programs assisting low-income families in Nashville and Memphis.

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The burden of rural home energy costs

chart showing energy burden by region and demographic

Rural households spend 40% more of their income on energy costs than households in metropolitan areas, according to a new report. Our executive director explains how rural electric cooperatives could help families alleviate that burden through energy efficiency.

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How can TVA claim to support energy efficiency and renewables even as they implement policies that discourage them?

TVA is using its already-obsolete 2020 Integrated Resource Plan as an opportunity to cut funding for energy-saving technologies that it claims are driving down revenue.

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Blue Ridge Energy: An uncooperative cooperative?

As a resident of the North Carolina High Country and a member of Blue Ridge Energy, Appalachian Voices’ Rory McIlmoil believes the co-op can and must do better by its members.

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Finalists announced in N.C. “Home Energy Makeover Contest”

We are delighted to announce the five finalists in our High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest, who all received a free energy audit on their home. The grand prize winner will be announced soon.

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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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Beyond power: Electric cooperatives can provide more than just electricity to meet rural needs

Rural electric cooperatives’ legacy of rural economic development uniquely positions them to go beyond energy and find innovative solutions to challenges facing rural communities.

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New TVA rate structure likely to harm low-income families

TVA’s Board of Directors voted to implement a rate change that will disproportionately burden low-income residential ratepayers and will discourage investments in energy efficiency and renewables.

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