A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

News and notes from our parent organization



Disrupting the Status Quo and Putting People and Planet First

We are committed to disrupting a status quo designed to line the pockets of the government-protected utility monopolies who have been calling the shots. We are citizens demanding a system that puts people and the planet first.


Rallying Against Pipelines

On May 17 and 18, Appalachian Voices participated in two massive events where Virginians called on state leaders to stop construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline and to block the Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station slated for the community of Union Hill.


Member Spotlight: Marion Loper

For the past two years, Knoxville resident Marion Loper has translated skills from his media career to his volunteer work as a distributor of The Appalachian Voice.


New Coalition Aims to Reform Energy Policy in Virginia

In early May, we joined eight other organizations representing a wide range of public policy ideologies to introduce the Virginia Energy Reform Coalition aimed at lowering prices and increasing choices for ratepayers while improving the environment.


Enter to Design the Label for “Power to the People” Pilsner

We're teaming up with Wild Wolf Brewery to highlight the importance of ensuring an equitable transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy future. Join the effort by submitting a label design for the new Power to the People Pilsner!


Progress on Coal Ash in North Carolina

On April 1, we celebrated the welcome news that the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality ordered Duke Energy to excavate the six coal ash sites in the state that did not already have cleanup plans in place.


Solar Discovery in Southwest Virginia

The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia was recently awarded a "Solar Discovery" prize for identifying solar projects in Virginia's coalfield counties that would create jobs and benefit local communities.


A Milestone for Southwest Virginia Solar

This spring marks a poignant milestone for solar power in Southwest Virginia’s historic coal region. A 3.5-megawatt solar array, slated to be built on a former Wise County coal mine, is moving closer to fruition. The state’s Department of Mines,


Member Spotlight: Sister Beth Davies

Sister Beth Davies is a committed community advocate who has helped advance addiction treatment environmental protection in her area.


Campaign to End Duke Energy's Monopoly in N.C.

North Carolina residents and environmental groups including Appalachian Voices launched the Energy Justice NC Coalition to promote energy choice and end monopoly control of the state’s utility structure.


Now Hiring!

Appalachian Voices is hiring three new positions to help us achieve our goal of bringing energy democracy to the region!


Farewell Lauren

We bid a fond farewell to Lauren Essick, a longtime team member with a passion for sustainability and energy justice.


Member Spotlight: Brian McAllister

Making a difference in Johnson City, Tennessee.


Solar Projects Advance in Southwest Virginia

The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia is helping to kickstart a second commercial-scale solar purchase program along with a bill that would support Virginia solar advances in the state legislature.


Push for N.C. Coal Ash Cleanup Enters Final Stages

We joined North Carolinians living near Duke Energy's coal ash dumps in telling the state that capping the toxic pits instead of moving the material away from water sources is a non-starter.