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New State Natural Areas Added In North Carolina

Bob’s Pocket, a 2,900-acre expanse of forest in McDowell County, N.C., has become a state natural area along with two other natural areas in Eastern North Carolina.


Duke Energy coal ash pollution in Dan River Basin prompts citizens’ step toward Federal Court

Coal ash from Duke Energy’s Belews Creek plant in eastern North Carolina is polluting the rivers and lakes near the site. Photo via Flickr

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – On behalf of Appalachian Voices, the North Carolina Conference of NAACP Branches, and the Stokes County Branch of the NAACP, the Southern Environmental Law Center today sent a notice of intent to sue Duke Energy to


Va. foes of Atlantic Coast Pipeline applaud N.C. delay, urge Gov. McAuliffe to likewise seek more information

CONTACT: Cat McCue, Appalachian Voices,, 434-293-6373 VIRGINIA – Late yesterday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration delayed until mid-December its decision on whether to permit the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, requesting additional information on its potential impact on


Duke Energy wants to raise your power bill

If utility regulators approve Duke Energy's requested rate hike, customers in North Carolina could pay hundreds more each year for electricity.

Duke Energy is asking the North Carolina Utilities Commission for approval to raise rates for its residential customers by more than 16 percent. But North Carolinians are already paying the cost for Duke Energy’s mess.


A Burning Issue: The Health Costs of Coal Ash

David Hairston

Coal ash has been linked to a number of health problems, and community concerns have spurred researchers from the University of North Carolina to investigate drinking water wells in the state.


Virginia and North Carolina Vow Climate Action As U.S. Withdraws from Paris Agreement

The governors of North Carolina and Virginia signed a letter agreeing to meet necessary leadership for commitment to Paris Agreement, and Virginia moves forward with plans to limit carbon dioxide emissions.


NC Passes Controversial Solar and Wind Law

A new North Carolina law faces sharp criticism from some advocates of renewable energy, but others are touting it as a win for the solar industry. The law also implements a moratorium on wind development, but an executive directive from the governor placed limits on that moratorium.


Third Coal Ash Recycling Site Announced in NC

Duke Energy plans to follow state law and construct a third coal ash recycling plant in Moncure, N.C.


Community Members Fight Proposed Asphalt Plant

Glendale Springs, N.C., citizens are raising money and circulating an online petition to fight asphalt plant.


NC Counties Pass Resolutions in Favor of Energy Efficiency

Buncombe County’s Board of Commissioners

Three counties in the French Broad Electric Membership Corporation service territory have passed resolutions encouraging the electric co-op to develop a tariffed on-bill financing program that would help the co-op’s members afford home energy efficiency improvements.