A schizoid rate case and a climate directive in Virginia

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

A recent order from the Virginia State Corporation Commission could spell trouble for residential and small-scale solar in the state. But there is also reason to have hope as regulators rejected a proposal by Appalachian Power Company to nearly double the fixed fees that show up on its customers' monthly bills. Here's a look at a schizoid rate case and what it could mean for Virginia's energy future. [ More ]

Coal ash cleanup still contested in North Carolina

Friday, December 5th, 2014 | Posted by Sarah Kellogg | No Comments

12311876586_dd088acae8_zAs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency puts the final touches on the first-ever federal regulation of coal ash, North Carolina's response to the Dan River spill is still hotly contested and new controversies about the best ways to clean up coal ash are beginning to emerge. [ More ]

Virginia utilities expand their menus with new energy-saving offerings

Monday, December 1st, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

EENPODAdvocates for energy efficiency often call it “the first fuel,” and Virginia is now creeping ahead toward gains in this lowest-cost power source. The state's largest utilities are promoting new programs to help their customers invest in energy-saving home improvements, which can help Virginians save money while reducing energy consumption and pollution. [ More ]

Coal ash rule reaches White House for final review

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

toxic-coal-ash-spills-photo-007 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sent the long-awaited Coal Ash Rule to the White House for final review. But until the agency's Dec. 19 deadline, we likely won't know much about how far the final rule will go to protect communities from coal ash pollution. And that's probably just how the White House wants it. [ More ]

Appalachian Power’s solar customers rise and shine for clean energy

Friday, October 24th, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

IMG_6454No one is more vocal about the need for Appalachian Power Company to invest in solar than those who already have: customers with their own solar arrays. But Virginians who produce their own energy are just part of a larger group of APCo customers demanding their utility expand its energy efficiency programs, encourage residential solar and take advantage of other opportunities to increase clean energy. [ More ]

Corporate windfall lets N.C. utilities charge customers under outdated tax rate

Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 1 Comment

9068479979_3023eb4546_zThe North Carolina Utilities Commission (somehow) decided that even though the legislature cut North Carolina’s corporate income tax rate from 6.9 percent to 5 percent last year, Duke Energy and other public utilities can continue charging customers at 6.9 percent and pocket the difference. Meanwhile, for three consecutive quarters, Duke has received a larger rate of return than authorized by state regulators, or in this case, the utilities commission. [ More ]

A huge win: Gainesville enacts policy to stop using mountaintop removal coal

Monday, September 29th, 2014 | Posted by Matt Wasson | 3 Comments

10473369_10204895340603095_18108058309890580_nBecause of the heroic efforts of a group of citizens, Gainesville, Fla., became the first city in America to enact a policy to reduce its reliance on mountaintop removal coal. This victory was the culmination of three and a half years of work that included five hearings by the city commission, hundreds of hours of volunteer work and dozens of meetings with city commissioners. [ More ]

Energy efficiency at the forefront of cooperative principles in Tennessee

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | 1 Comment

photo-284x186 Through concerted outreach to East Tennessee electric co-ops and local stakeholders, Appalachian Voices played a key part in making a recent statewide energy efficiency retreat happen. We're excited by the prospect of a statewide energy efficiency financing program in Tennessee, and we remain committed by doing everything we can to see it become successful in the near future. [ More ]

Updates: Stopping the “Tax on the Sun” in Virginia

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | 4 Comments

solar on houseAs the comment period concludes on Appalachian Power Company’s proposed solar “stand-by” charge and next week's formal regulatory hearing nears, we’re at full swing in a major push for solar freedom in Virginia. There is still time to take action to protect affordable clean energy options for customers. [ More ]

Is Obama’s Climate Action Plan on Track?

Friday, July 25th, 2014 | Posted by Jeff Feng | No Comments

Picture-9Since the release of his administration’s Climate Action Plan in June 2013, has Obama made strides in developing a clean energy economy and protecting the environment? Let’s take a look at his five-pronged approach to address climate change. [ More ]

The Power of Energy Efficiency — Building a Stronger Economy for Appalachia (Part 5)

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

EE_seriesTapping into Appalachia's vast potential for energy efficiency will help to alleviate poverty and create local jobs while reducing the environmental impact associated with our energy use. In fact, energy efficiency may be the most vital solution to Appalachia’s energy and economic future. [ More ]

The Power of Energy Efficiency — Building a Stronger Economy for Appalachia (Part 4)

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | 1 Comment

mountain_electric This is the fourth installment in a five-part series illustrating the need for greater investments in residential energy efficiency as an economic driver in rural Appalachia. In this post, we explore the history and role of rural electric cooperatives, and explain why they should be doing more to help their members reduce their energy bills, and how they can overcome any barriers they face. [ More ]


 

 

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