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Even as 2022 Virginia General Assembly wraps up, threats of environmental rollbacks continue

Virginia Field Coordinator Jessica Sims observes a session of the House of Delegates. Photo by Jen Lawhorne

With the signing of the budget, the Virginia General Assembly wrapped up a session filled with challenges and disappointments.

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Member-owners join together to support transparency and governance reforms for Virginia’s rural electric cooperatives

Richmond, Va. — A coalition representing member-owners of Virginia’s rural electric cooperative (RECs) is rallying in support of Del. Wendy Gooditis’ legislation that seeks to establish protections and safeguards for customers (member-owners) of the thirteen rural electric cooperatives in the state. These reforms would include allowing member-owners to observe board meetings, voter integrity measures for cooperative board elections, and transparency in cooperative political lobbying.

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Failure to pass Build Back Better delays key investments for Appalachia; cuts black lung benefits funding

CONTACT: Dan Radmacher, Media Specialist, Appalachian Voices, dan@appvoices.org, (540) 798-6683 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, President Joe Biden released a statement making clear that the U.S. Senate would head home for the holidays without passing the Build Back Better bill, which

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From the Rockies to Appalachia: Virginia can look to Colorado for electric co-op reform

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Undemocratic governance at Virginia’s electric cooperatives is a serious issue that has left co-op members across the state frustrated and ready for reform. Closed-door board meetings and unfair voting practices are two of the issues members hope to change in 2022.

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Competitive Electric Cooperative Election in Virginia

Three reform candidates are challenging incumbent Rappahannock Electric Cooperative board members and are pledging to revise co-op policies around transparency and renewable energy if elected in August.

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Customer-owned utilities should be leaders on clean energy. Why do most of them fail to deliver?

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Clean energy expert Ivy Main looks at how a lack of transparency and democracy at many Virginia electric cooperatives is causing them to fall behind on renewable energy. Member-owners at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative are trying to change that.

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Blue Ridge Energy’s solar policies among the worst in Southeast

A new report shows that Blue Ride Energy has some of the worst solar policies in the Southeast. That’s why we created a petition calling on Blue Ridge to support solar access and increase the cooperative’s transparency with its member-owners.

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Blue Ridge Energy’s solar policies among the worst in Southeast

A new interactive website launched this week by the Southern Environmental Law Center highlights Blue Ridge Energy electric cooperative as having one of the worst solar energy policies of all electric utilities throughout the Southeast. The website, “Rates of Solar,”

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While the nation celebrates Energy Efficiency Day, N.C.’s High Country residents left out in the cold

Boone, N.C. — Residents, businesses, local and state governments, electric utilities and others all across the United States will celebrate October 5th as National Energy Efficiency Day. Proclaimed a national day of recognition in 2016 as part of a bigger

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PVEC member voices need to be heard on Sept. 15

Powell Valley Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting is coming up — and now, more than ever, member voices need to be heard.

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