Green Energy

Our communities deserve clean, sustainable, homegrown energy and we believe North Carolina can lead the South into a 21st-century energy economy that’s built to last.


MountainTrue is dedicated to helping North Carolina communities reduce their energy footprint and fossil fuel usage. We have been working with local community members, policy makers and Duke Energy to bring our area the best and most sustainable solutions to our ever growing energy needs. If you have any questions about our energy efforts …

 

>Email Joan Walker at joan@mountaintrue.org.

Our Successes

MountainTrue has been involved in environmental activism and conservation around energy for decades to ensure that our region is moving towards sustainable energy solutions. Together, with local support of other organizations and community member involvement, we have secured the retirement of Duke Energy’s Asheville coal plant, kept large transmission lines from cutting through our communities, helped residents find energy savings and worked with local and state government towards a future with cleaner energy.

 

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Ongoing Work


Get Involved With the Energy Innovation Task Force

After pressuring Duke Energy to reduce the size of their Modernization Plan, MountainTrue was instrumental in bringing Duke, the City of Asheville, and community members and organizations together under a groundbreaking partnership named the Energy Innovation Task Force. To learn more about the task force, click below or email Julie Mayfield at juliemayfield@avlcouncil.org or email Brownie Newman at brownie.newman@buncombecounty.org.

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Become a Member of the Recycling and Waste Team in Henderson County

This task force promotes city, county and regional recycling programs, including curb-side pick-up, and advocates to improve Reduce, Reuse, and Recycling programs.  The Recycling and Waste Team educates the public and policymakers about best practices by speaking at Commission meetings, writing letters to the editor, holding public forums, contacting school and businesses, and organizing eco-tours. For more information or to become a committee member, click the button below or email Gray Jernigan at gray@mountaintrue.org.

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Climate Listening Project

Started here in WNC, the Climate Listening Project is a visual and social storytelling project focusing on conversations about climate disruption and resilience in North Carolina, around the country and the world. The stories talk about how climate impacts communities in a variety of ways through family, faith, business, food, rivers, birds, and more. To learn more and see additional videos …

 

> Visit the Climate Listening Project website

Energy and Sustainability News


Join us for the MountainTrue Fall Gathering at New Belgium!

Join us for the MountainTrue Fall Gathering at New Belgium!

Wednesday, October 26, join us at New Belgium Brewery in Asheville for our annual Fall Gathering. Expect great beer, delicious food and some sweet, sweet jams from Asheville’s very own The Midnight Plowboys. With our proud mountain heritage, beautiful mountain vistas, lush forests and rushing streams, Western North Carolina is an amazing and special place to call home. The support of our members has helped us fight for our communities and protect one of the richest environments in the world. Come and help us recognize the hard work of our members and volunteers, and to celebrate our accomplishments over the past year.

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Bad Coal Ash Bill Being Rushed Through Raleigh

Bad Coal Ash Bill Being Rushed Through Raleigh

On the evening of Tuesday, June 28 the North Carolina Senate rushed through a rewrite to H630, the state’s coal ash cleanup law. This bad coal ash bill is quickly making its way through the legislature and we expect the House to take it up as soon as today. Please call your NC Representative Immediately and ask them to NOT CONCUR with the Senate’s version of House Bill 630.

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What The Heck Is Going On In Raleigh Re: Coal Ash? Some Answers

What The Heck Is Going On In Raleigh Re: Coal Ash? Some Answers

The North Carolina House of Representatives passed SB 71 on Wednesday, May 25 by a vote of 86 to 25 and sent it to the Senate. While this bill contains some good provisions, such as requiring Duke Energy to provide a permanent, clean drinking water supply for some residents living near coal ash pits, overall we believe that risks of SB 71 outweigh its benefits. We are concerned that in the process of revising the state’s coal ash laws, the legislature may provide Duke Energy with an avenue to reclassify many of its coal ash pits and substantially decrease the quality of their clean up, including the number that are required to be excavated rather than simply capped in place. The legislature’s review of SB 71 is ongoing but moving quite quickly. North Carolinians who want to have their voices heard on this important legislation should act now.

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One Day, Two Big Victories

Yesterday we got great news on two efforts MountainTrue has been leading the way on for years: coal ash and the I-26 connector. The Department of Environmental Quality announced that all of Duke Energy’s coal ash in Western North Carolina will be cleaned up and moved away from our Broad and French Broad Rivers.

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