August 19, 2021

Proposed NC bill would enrich Duke Energy, hurt ratepayers

HB 951, a draft bill crafted in secret by Duke Energy and N.C. Republican lawmakers, would give the monopoly utility more room to overcharge ratepayers with little accountability or oversight.


Updates in the fight against MVP and MVP Southgate

As pipeline developers seek to push these projects through, communities are contesting multiple permits. Catch up on the news and upcoming events.


Big news for abandoned mines!

The Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure bill includes a HUGE investment in abandoned mine land clean-up! Read more about what the bill means for Appalachia.


Energy democracy in action

The first two webinars in this three-part series featured people sharing stories of how they gained control over how and where their power is produced.


VA study on industrial gold mining impacts approved

The National Academies of Sciences will be examining the potential environmental effects of large-scale gold mining in Virginia in response to 2021 legislation.

Ticks: get to know them, and then avoid them

Climate change has led to an increase in the population and range of these poppy seed-sized bloodsuckers — and a rise in incidences of tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease.

Now hiring! Appalachian Voices is looking for a Digital Campaign Coordinator to help us bring energy democracy to the Southeast. Apply now!

In Case You Missed It...

  • Alabama Coal Strike: Hundreds of union miners remain on the picket line at the Warrior Met Coal mine in Brookwood, Ala.
  • New Wave of Abandoned Mines? Coal companies are leaving behind thousands of acres of mined lands as the industry collapses. A new report outlines potential solutions.
  • Advance Shared Solar in SWVA: Support shared solar in Southwest Virginia by signing on to our letter to state legislators!
  • Giveaway to Coal in TN: A new Tennessee law would force taxpayers to prop up the dying coal industry and allow poor mine cleanup.


Cooperatives 101 Webinar

Aug. 26: Learn how worker co-ops expand economic opportunity, support creative entrepreneurship and build community wealth.


No MVP / No MVP Southgate Bundle of Arrows

Aug. 27, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.:

Virtual workshops and trainings for Indigenous leaders and environmental activists. Details available after registration.

Aug. 28, 1-5 p.m.:

Gather near Burlington, N.C., for a COVID-safe rally, art share and concert. Outdoors, masks & vaccinations required. Details available after registration.



How Communities are Gaining Control Over HOW MUCH Power Costs

Aug. 31, 5:30-7 p.m.

Learn how communities are ensuring that essential energy services are affordable for all people, regardless of household ability to pay.


100th Anniversary of the Battle of Blair Mountain

Sept. 3-6: In 1921, striking coal miners clashed with industry-backed law enforcement during attempts to unionize. Though unsuccessful at first, their efforts laid the foundation for national labor protections. Commemorate those miners with a recreation of the 1921 march, a film festival and more.



Stop SVEC Rate Hike!

Sept. 15: Learn how to submit a public comment and tell state regulators to stop Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative from raising electric bills.


Radically Rural Summit

Sept. 22-23: Join virtually or in-person for a two-day summit on creating sustainable and thriving rural communities. Appalachian Voices will co-lead a Wednesday morning panel on clean energy.



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