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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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Power Play: Countering Electric Utilities’ Political Influence

corporate state political donors map

Public interest groups are building political will to counter electric utilities’ influence in state governments.

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Hurricane Highlights Coal Ash Risks

September’s Hurricane Florence breached two of Duke Energy’s coal ash and wastewater impoundments.

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Hurricane Florence Devastates the Carolinas

September’s Hurricane Florence caused major flooding across the Carolinas and killed more than 40 people and millions of farm animals.

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High Country energy contest winner receives home upgrades

Amy Cook heat pump

Amy Cook of Boone, N.C., recently received energy-saving home improvements through our High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest. The contest highlighted the need for affordable weatherization programs.

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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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Al Gore, Rev. Barber tour coal-impacted communities in N.C.

The former vice president joined with the Poor People’s Campaign and others on a two-day tour to highlight the link between environmental injustice and poverty.

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FERC halts construction of Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines

In the span of two weeks, federal court rulings exposed major flaws in the permits for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipeline, bringing construction to a halt.

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Swain County to Receive $35.2 Million for “Road to Nowhere”

Swain County, N.C., is receiving a $35.2 million settlement for an incomplete road the federal government started in 1943.

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N.C. Solar Developers Lose Challenge to Duke

The North Carolina Utilities Commission denied requests to review conditions for battery storage Duke Energy inserted into power-purchase agreements for 680 megawatts of new solar projects.

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