Virginia Power Shifters intend to organize and win on climate

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

13696548693_a845c28fac_z (1)Building community and standing up to polluters with grassroots strength: these were among the themes of Virginia Power Shift, which took place in Richmond last weekend. Students worked tirelessly to involve campuses from all over the state, and delegations traveled from across Virginia to join in the hard work that constitutes this amazing young leaders’ summit. [ More ]

McAuliffe can pave the way for a cleaner future for Virginia

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Terry_McAuliffe_on_June_4,_2011In almost every campaign speech, Terry McAuliffe told the story of how he started a driveway-paving business in his neighborhood when he was 14 to earn money to help pay for his college education. Now Virginia’s 47th governor, McAuliffe should apply these values to his gubernatorial agenda and there’s no better place to start than by investing in a strong clean energy sector for the commonwealth. [ More ]

A Small (but important) Step: Appalachian Power’s New Energy Efficiency Proposal

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

EENPODApril began with bright news in Virginia: Appalachian Power plans to begin providing energy efficiency programs for its customers in the commonwealth. These initial steps are a sign the company could soon be ready to offer a wider range of efficiency programs. [ More ]

Advancing Community-owned Energy in Blacksburg

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

mayor_rordam_solarizeIf you’ve ever wished that purchasing a solar array for your home could be more like shopping for food in bulk at a big box store, then the new program Solarize Blacksburg is right up your alley. For the next three months, Blacksburg, Va., is using financial tools and focusing the public’s interest in clean energy to encourage scores of potential rooftop solar customers to sign up all at once. [ More ]

Virginia Legislature Ends with Modest Progress on Solar

Monday, March 10th, 2014 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

photo 5Guest post by Virginia writer and lawyer Ivy Main: Advocates of enlightened energy policy march into session every January bright-eyed and optimistic, only to become mired in the slough of despond. We watch the best bills die, while bills we thought too backward to survive the light of day flourish like an invasive species. Yet even in Virginia, the past few years have produced glimmers of hope that suggest a slowly shifting mindset among legislators. [ More ]

NCDENR Defends NCDENR, Not the Environment

Monday, February 24th, 2014 | Posted by Kimber Ray | 1 Comment

IMG_6079 North Carolina environmental officials held a press briefing last week to discuss the massive Feb. 2 Dan River coal ash spill. After offering misleading statements in defense of the agency, officials abruptly walked out amid unanswered questions on their continued delays in holding polluters fully accountable. [ More ]

Powering Our Communities as an Olympic Event and Utilities as the Competitors

Friday, February 21st, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

apcoOur plans and achievements are be measured against our past performance and our potential. Take Olympic figure skating: the judges might remark, “That’s the best she’s ever skated!” or “He would have to beat his personal best by twelve points to medal.” But what about assessing how an electrical utility performs? [ More ]

Bringing New Power to the Old Dominion in 2014

Friday, February 14th, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

EENPODAround Virginia, folks share a belief in making electricity safer, more reliable, and more price-stable. Most people we talk with are already aware of our utilities’ current reliance on coal, but they’re often dismayed to learn that Dominion Virginia Power would keep solar and wind development at a marginal scale in Virginia for another 15 years. [ More ]

Back on Track to Address Climate Change in the Commonwealth

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

photo 4 Thanks to the outpouring of opposition to SB 615, a bill in Virginia that would attempt to undercut the EPA's authority to regulate carbon pollution, we’re back on track to addressing climate change in the commonwealth. Here’s how the story unfolded over the last few days. [ More ]

Common Sense, Nonsense, and a Climate Fight in the Making in Richmond

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

photo 4 The 2014 session of the Virginia General Assembly is underway, and state lawmakers are wasting no time. Legislation this session falls into two categories: the bright ideas that bring Virginia closer to a future of safe and reliable clean energy, and the downright crazy bills that do the opposite and must be stopped. Here is the breakdown. [ More ]

Fighting for Clean Water in Virginia: Standing up to Coal Industry Bullies

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 | Posted by Eric Chance | 2 Comments

944745_10100206520223687_1797773733_n Today, Appalachian Voices along with our allies in Virginia filed a lawsuit against Penn Virginia, for water polluted by selenium coming from abandoned mines on their land. This lawsuit is one in a series of suits aimed at cleaning up selenium pollution in Callahan Creek. [ More ]

Hannah Wiegard: Binge-watching “Doctor Who” and Bettering Virginia’s Energy Options

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | 6 Comments

944745_10100206520223687_1797773733_n I joined Appalachian Voices to help steer Appalachian Power and Dominion Virginia Power toward clean energy. Over the recent winter break, I got a jump on this massive undertaking in what may seem an unusual way: by becoming utterly engrossed in a "Doctor Who" marathon. I maintain that it was time well-spent in the fight for clean energy sources and efficiency for the Old Dominion. [ More ]

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