The Western North Carolina Alliance, North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light, Southwings, Riverkeeper, and the Sierra Club are the proud founding members of the Asheville Beyond Coal  coalition.

We seek to:

  • — Lead a transition from the use of fossil fuel energy to a reliance on clean, safe and renewable energy sources
  • — Make energy conservation and efficiency a priority in reducing energy demand in Western North Carolina
  • — Replace jobs dependent on fossil fuels with jobs centered on conservation, efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
  • — Secure retirement of the Asheville coal plant and clean-up of any legacy pollution, including the coal ash lagoons 

Asheville is a vibrant and healthy community working for clean energy solutions, but we still get our energy from the Asheville coal plant, now owned by Duke Energy.

The Asheville Coal Plant pollutes our air and water, and the plant’s two toxic  coal-ash lagoons above I-26 and the French Broad River are seeping into the groundwater, threatening the river and our community.

Air pollution from coal-burning power plants makes our kids sick. Nationally, coal pollution is responsible for triggering 13,000 asthma attacks and more than $100 billion in health costs each year.  This coal plant is too dirty and dangerous for Asheville.

The Asheville coal plant burns coal mined by mountaintop removal, the most devastating form of coal extraction in the United States. This practice turns forested mountains into sterile, flat wastelands, destroys streams, water quality, and wildlife. It also causes severe health impacts among nearby residents and impoverishes neighboring communities. Mountaintop removal sites in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia feed the Asheville coal plant.  For more information on devastating mountaintop removal practices, see

Asheville deserves clean, homegrown energy and the Asheville coal plant stands in our way and threatens our health. There are other options. North Carolina can lead the South into a 21st-century energy economy that’s built to last. We can, and should, reward homegrown innovation, locally produced solar and reliable offshore wind power.

Join our Asheville Beyond Coal campaign to call on Duke Energy to retire the Asheville coal plant, clean up the toxic coal-ash waste sites and move boldly toward a clean energy future.


N.C. Coal Ash Bill

Click below to read WNCA’s statement on North Carolina’s 2014 coal ash legislation:

“N.C coal ash bill falls short”

SHOWTIME’s ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ documentary series features the work of Asheville Beyond Coal (Now available on DVD.)

Hollywood celebrities and respected journalists span the globe to explore the issues of climate change and cover intimate stories of human triumph and tragedy.  

Episode 4 is called “Preacher’s Daughter,” and features  Anna Jane Joyner, former campaign coordinator with WNCA/MountainTrue and national Beyond Coal Campaign Director Mary Anne Hitt. Check out a sneak preview of Preacher’s Daughter here.

You can also watch the series’ first episode, in full, below.