The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

January 25, 2020

NOW is the time for action in Virginia

Solar energy. Environmental justice. Utility accountability. All these critical issues are being considered this week in Virginia’s General Assembly Your voice is needed today! Contact your delegate and senator on critical bills.

[ Virginia residents: Take action now! ]

Coal ash victory in North Carolina!

North Carolinians won a major victory in January with the announcement that Duke Energy would excavate coal ash from the last six sites in the state. Appalachian Voices is proud to have fought side-by-side with the people who worked so hard, for so long to defend their communities.

[ A look back ]

Seeking a path to 100% clean energy

Towns and cities across Appalachia and the nation have pledged to fully convert to green power — but to do so, they must overcome barriers put in place by utilities and state governments. Read about how local leaders are pushing forward, then check out related stories in The Appalachian Voice.

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A monumental win for environmental justice

A federal appeals court struck down the air pollution permit for a fracked-gas compressor station in Buckingham County, Va. Community residents have fought for years against Dominion Energy’s plan to put the Atlantic Coast Pipeline facility in their neighborhood. “You can’t allow the destructive forces to beat you down,” says Chad Oba of Friends of Buckingham. “Persistence matters. It paid off for us and we are going to keep on going.”

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Local governments call for abandoned mine cleanup

Towns, cities and counties in Southwest Virginia and Pennsylvania are passing resolutions to show their support for cleanup of decades-old abandoned coal mine sites. And a bill that would extend the abandoned mine land program beyond 2021 passed a House committee last week.

[ Contact your representative! ]

Advancing statewide change at Virginia’s capitol

With Virginia’s General Assembly session underway, we are frequenting the capitol in Richmond. Our top priorities? Reforming the state’s energy system to put the public interest above the interests of monopoly utilities, ensuring that all Virginians have equal access to clean, affordable energy, and making sure environmental justice is a part of state agencies’ decision-making.

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Opposing Duke Energy’s latest rate hike

Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas are both requesting yet another rate hike from their captive customers. But before North Carolina regulators decide whether to allow the rate increases, they are holding a series of public hearings across the state over the next few weeks. Appalachian Voices is among those telling the state, "No more rate hikes for dirty energy!"

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Duke Energy Rate Increase Hearings
See dates below:
Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress are trying to force through yet another rate increase. Attend a public hearing to tell regulators no more rate hikes for dirty energy! Comments can also be submitted via email to with the subject line “DOCKET NO. E-7, SUB 1214.”

Duke Energy Carolinas
Jan. 29: Graham, N.C.
Jan. 30: Mecklenburg, N.C.
March 23: Raleigh, N.C.

Duke Energy Progress
Feb. 3: Raleigh, N.C.
Feb. 20: Asheville, N.C.
Feb. 27: Rockingham, N.C.
March 3: Wilmington, N.C.
March 4: Snow Hill, N.C.
May 4: Raleigh, N.C.

Creekside Cleanup
Jan. 26:
Join park rangers in removing debris from the river banks of David Crockett Birthplace State Park after recent flooding. Limestone, Tenn.

Virginia Conservation Network Lobby Day
Jan. 28:
Volunteer advocates are invited to join a professional staff of network partners to encourage state legislators to support environmental policy advancements. Richmond, Va.

Leaving No One Behind
Feb. 5:
Hear from a panel of experts on how we can achieve a just economic transition for workers and communities. Charleston, W.Va.

Foothills Ornamentation Production Workshop
Feb. 6:
Learn about ornamental plants, pest identification and more regarding the nursery and landscape industry in the Southeast. Morganton, N.C.

2020 Winter Naturalist Rally
Feb. 8:
Join the Friends of Roan Mountain for nature walks, wildlife observation, talks and more. Roan Mountain, Tenn. .

Greenbuild Insights Workshop
Feb. 12:
Learn about a variety of sustainable construction methods. Asheville, N.C.

Take Action at FERC
Feb. 20:
Attend this public meeting of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to tell them to stop rubber-stamping fossil fuel projects like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Washington, D.C..

Panel: Successful Entrepreneurship in SWVA
Feb. 20:
Learn what it takes to start a business in Southwest Virginia from a panel of local experts with firsthand experience. Big Stone Gap, Va.

Guided Hike
Feb. 22:
Take a 4-mile guided walk on the wild side in Big Bone Lick State Park. Union, Ky.

Business of Farming Conference
Feb. 22:
Network with farmers of all experience levels and learn how to grow your farm. Asheville, N.C.

High Country Energy Justice Summit
Feb. 22:
Join Appalachian Voices, Sunrise Boone and other groups and community members who want to see more clean energy development. Boone, N.C.

Forevergreen Luncheon
Feb. 24:
Celebrate the achievements of notable S.C. conservationists and organizations for their efforts to improve the environment. Greenville, S.C.

Environmental Calendar of Events
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