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Utility disconnection protections: Let’s make it permanent

Shutting off electricity and other vital utilities of families who can’t afford their bills is unjust. During a pandemic, it’s barbaric. Appalachian Voices offers solutions.

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Proposed NC energy bill would enrich Duke Energy at its customers’ expense

Legislation that Duke Energy and NC Republican lawmakers have crafted in secret for the better part of six months is a horrific piece of public policy.

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Pushing for democracy in electric co-ops

Communities in Appalachia are starting to make progress reforming their electric co-ops to be more democratic and transparent in their governance.

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Advocates call on Biden to stop TVA disconnections during pandemic

CONTACT: Bri Knisley, Appalachian Voices Tennessee Campaign Coordinator, 865-219-3225, brianna@appvoices.org Aisha Dukule, Press Officer, Friends of the Earth 202-893-3502, adukule@foe.org Knoxville, TN — Groups in Tennessee and across the country delivered more than 21,500 petition signatures to leaders in Washington

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Federal funding can’t protect 100,000s of NC families from eviction and utility shutoffs

Raleigh, NC — Despite last week’s passage of legislation allocating nearly $500 million for emergency rent and utility assistance, hundreds of thousands of struggling families in North Carolina will remain at risk of eviction and disconnection from water and energy

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Groups urge expansion of NC utility shutoff moratorium during Covid-19

CONTACT: Rory McIlmoil, Sr. Energy Analyst, Appalachian Voices, rory@appvoices.org, (423) 433-9415 Maria Michalos, Eastern Regional Communications Manager, Natural Resources Defense Council, mmichalos@nrdc.org, (631) 848-1588 Al Ripley, Director, Consumer, Housing and Energy Project, NC Justice Center, al@ncjustice.org, (919) 274-8245 Hilary Lewis,

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NC should order “no shut offs” for all utilities during pandemic

Appalachian Voices and other groups are calling on North Carolina leaders to order no shut-offs of electricity, water and other critical public services during Coronavirus emergency.

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Duke Energy rate hike hearings 2020

After our victory on North Carolina’s Senate Bill 559, Duke Energy is yet again asking the state regulators for permission to raise the rates it charges families and businesses.

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Re-envisioning public power in the Tennessee Valley

The 2019 Tennessee Valley Energy Democracy Tour is a listening project to begin building a grassroots vision for our energy future by asking communities impacted by the Tennessee Valley Authority what they want.

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Public opposition in N.C. wins on rate-hike bill despite Duke Energy’s money influence

CONTACTS: Rory McIlmoil, 828-278-4558, rory@appvoices.org Bobby Jones, 919-394-0727, bibija@aol.com Today, the North Carolina Senate voted 48-0 to pass a revised version of Senate Bill 559 that the House of Representatives had passed yesterday 112-0. Public opposition to previous versions of

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