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Updates from Appalachia


Virginia inches closer to a carbon market

Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality is developing a rule that could significantly limit carbon emissions from power plants in the commonwealth. Developing a carbon trading program would be a sound option.

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Looney Ridge

RECLAIM Act Passes House Natural Resources Committee

The RECLAIM Act would accelerate the cleanup of abandoned mines while spurring economic opportunities in coal communities.

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Buncombe County’s Board of Commissioners

County commissioners pass resolutions to support energy efficiency

Buncombe County, N.C. passed a resolution encouraging the local electric cooperative to develop a program that would help thousands of people in the area afford home energy efficiency improvements.

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USFS to hold open houses on North Carolina Forest Plan revisions

This summer, the U.S. Forest Service will host a series of open houses in western North Carolina as part of its 15-year planning process for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.

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solar panels

New renewable energy options for French Broad co-op members

Today’s guest blogger Alex Arnold focuses on a new policy from French Broad electric co-op in western North Carolina that promotes residential renewable energy generation, including solar energy

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