A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Withdrawal of Planned Pikeville Employer Enerblu, Inc., Linked to Global Events

After the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi Arabian consulate, the primary investor for a planned battery plant in Pikeville, Ky., dropped out of the project.

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

Bobby Jones

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.

Global Recycling Changes Affect Tri-Cities Area

Multiple recycling programs in the tri-cities area of Virginia and Tennessee have been affected by a Kingsport recycling facility’s closure that is linked to China’s ban on the import of 24 recyclable materials.

Congressional Hearing Addresses Abandoned Mine Cleanup

Eric Dixon sits before microphone

Regional leaders testified in front of a U.S. House subcommittee about strategies to restore abandoned mines and witnesses expressed support for the RECLAIM Act.

TVA Releases Long-term Energy Plan, Announces Retirement of Two Coal Power Plants

The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to add between four and nine gigawatts of solar power over the next 20 years, and voted to close two old coal-fired power plants in February.

Friends of Perry State Forest Fight Mine Permit

woman speaks at microphone

The proposed 545-acre strip mine in Ohio would encompass 12 percent of the state forest and would be managed by the former CEO of a coal company that covered up water quality violations.

Westmoreland Coal Allowed to Sever Worker Agreements

In February, a federal judge allowed Westmoreland Coal Company to terminate benefits for current and retired coal miners.

Kentucky Holds Hearing on 10,000-acre Mining Ban

Residents of Harlan County, Ky., are seeking to ban surface mining on 10,000 acres of land near the towns of Benham and Lynch.