A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

News and notes from our parent organization



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.


Asking N.C. Lawmakers to Reject Duke's Money Grab

In January, we joined NC WARN to call on our elected leaders to reject Duke Energy's anticipated grid plan that would allow the monopoly utility to enact up to $13 billion in rate hikes.


Hellos and Goodbyes

We welcome three amazing new members to our team and say a fond farewell to one.


Advancing State Environmental and Energy Reforms

A note from Appalachian Voices’ Executive Director Tom Cormons.


Advancing a Democratic Energy System

Our Executive Director Tom Cormons discusses why we need an energy system that is responsive and responsible to the people it serves.


Laying the Groundwork for Innovative Mine Reclamation Projects

A coalition of environmental groups including Appalachian Voices released a report in November detailing opportunities to give old mine lands new life.


An Eventful Fall at Appalachian Voices

We've filed a lawsuit against an unlawful coal mine in West Virginia, co-hosted a summit of landowners in the path of the MVP Southgate Pipeline, called out Virginia Gov. Northam for his egregious dismissal of two air board members during the board’s deliberations, and more.


Member Spotlight: John and Faye Cooper

John and Faye Cooper, owners of the renowned Mast General Store, are longtime supporters of Appalachian Voices and a host of charitable causes in the North Carolina High Country.