Moving TVA from laggard to leader in the clean energy transition
The Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest federally owned utility, is falling behind in the clean energy transition, replacing coal-burning plants with other dirty fossil fuels and constructing more unnecessary pipelines. Appalachian Voices is organizing with local community members to advocate for clean and just renewable energy investments at two old coal-burning plants that TVA wants to convert to burn methane gas. We released an innovative report showing that renewable energy alternatives would create 20 to 30 times more long-term jobs than TVA’s gas plan. We also joined partners to create the Clean Up TVA Coalition and held the well-attended People’s TVA hearing and Take Back TVA rally, building power to reform this powerful public utility.
Democratizing electric co-ops
We are advocating for transparent, democratic management and clean energy growth in rural electric cooperatives. We don’t want to see co-ops left behind in the transition to renewable power and denied the benefits of the clean energy economy. As a founding member of the Rural Power Coalition, we have successfully advanced legislation in Congress to help co-ops retire coal plants and invest in renewable energy. In Virginia, we’re working with partners to support member-owners of local rural electric cooperatives across the state to ensure their cooperatives operate in a transparent and democratic manner.
Building off the success of our Tennessee Co-op Scorecard, which ranks state co-ops to help member-owners hold them accountable, we’ve worked with partners this year to release co-op scorecards in Virginia and Alabama. We’re also currently building a scorecard of the 26 electric co-ops across the state of North Carolina.