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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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NC advocates’ press statement In response to the signing of House Bill 951

Advance Carolina, Appalachian Voices and the Center for Biological Diversity strongly opposed House Bill 951 due in part to the potential for significant cost increases for ratepayers and the potential to give Duke Energy sweeping authority to approve, reject, or modify the NCUC’s carbon reduction plan, potentially delaying or preventing the state from reaching its goals.

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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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Highlights from the Energy Democracy in Action webinar series

Advocates from across the country shared stories of how they gained control over how and where their power is produced during the first two webinars of the three-part Energy Democracy In Action series. Read the highlights and register for the third webinar.

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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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Knoxville community groups call for affordable utilities

The Knoxville Water and Energy for All campaign is made up of community and faith groups with a mission to bring solutions to the root problems of unaffordable bills and disconnections in Knoxville.

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Knoxville Community Group Calls for Affordable Utilities

Rev. Calvin Skinner speaks at a podium

The Knoxville Water and Energy for All Campaign aims to address unaffordable utility bills and disconnections in the city.

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N.C. Legislators Release Controversial Energy Bill

N.C. House Republicans unsuccessfully proposed a bill after months of secret negotiations with Duke Energy and others that would have cleared the way for multi-year rate hikes, a massive build-out of natural gas infrastructure and more.

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Duke Energy rate hike harms low-income families

In North Carolina, electricity rates are set through a “give and take” process that ultimately favors Duke Energy and its shareholders, and harms lower-income families. That’s got to change.

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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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