February 23, 2023

Stop TVA’s plans for a major gas buildout

The Tennessee Valley Authority is retiring its old coal plants but wants to replace them with methane gas. TVA could still decide to choose cleaner, reliable and affordable electricity generation options instead of gas.


Virginia passes the Affordable Energy Act

The Virginia legislative session ends Feb. 25. We celebrated passage of a bill that will protect ratepayers, but we’re still fighting provisions in a key energy bill.


Reforesting mined lands to capture carbon

We’re working on a project that could help restore mined lands and reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.


Duke Energy Progress wants to make electricity more expensive

The North Carolina Utilities Commission is holding public hearings about Duke Energy Progress’ proposed rate hikes. Tell the NCUC: no rate hikes off the backs of ratepayers!


A risky mine expansion

A coal company with a record of environmental violations wants to expand a mine in the endangered candy darter’s habitat.

The EPA’s proposed soot limits don’t go far enough

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is currently updating a key air pollution rule. But instead of following the best available science to protect our health, the EPA has proposed only a modest update.

In Case You Missed It...

  • Now hiring: We’re seeking a New Economy Program Coordinator based out of our Norton, Virginia, office! 
  • Virginians can comment on Gov. Youngkin’s attempt to repeal the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative through the end of March. 
  • Alabama co-ops rank last: Jaxon Tolbert explains why the state's electric cooperatives did so poorly on our regional scorecard. 
  • Special two-part series: Maddy Koch examines what the N.C. utilities commission got wrong when it approved the Carbon Plan, and how we can help fix it!
  • EPA needs to do better: In the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Willie Dodson explains what the EPA’s new soot rule means for communities dealing with coal dust.
  • Wood pellet problems: North Carolina residents near wood pellet plants are speaking out about damages to air and water quality. 
  • Legacy of mountaintop removal: Research using satellite imagery finds poor revegetation at mine sites.


Wise County UNITY Listening Session

Feb. 23, 5:30-7 p.m. Join fellow Southwest Virginians to discuss economic, social and environmental needs. 508 Main St., Appalachia, Va.


Southern Appalachian Archives

Feb. 24, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Peruse records documenting regional and local history at Mars Hill University. 


Boone Docs Film Fest 

Feb. 25, 2-5 p.m. Short documentaries celebrate life in the Appalachian region. Appalachian Theatre of the High Country. $10. Boone, N.C.

Black Appalachian Storytellers of Tennessee Concert

Feb. 25, 1 p.m. Multiple storytellers and musicians honor the tradition of oral storytelling. Free. Knoxville College.


"Defend RGGI" Public Comment Writing Party

March 1, 6:30p.m. Make your voice heard at our virtual event to protect Virginia’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative! 


Winter Bird Walk

March 2, 9-11a.m. An easy, guided trail walk to learn more about birds in the area at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center. Tryon, N.C.


SWVA New Economy Network Virtual Meeting

March 15, 6 p.m. Discuss upcoming events, updates and plans for supporting a sustainable economy in Southwest Virginia. Email emma@appvoices.org for more info. 


Public hearing on proposed repeal of RGGI

March 16, 2 p.m. Virginia’s Air Pollution Control Board will receive comments on the proposed repeal of the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Richmond, Va. 


Dickenson County UNITY Listening Session

March 23, 5:30-7 p.m. Come share your thoughts on the future of your community! Email emma@appvoices.org for more info. 

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