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Putting the modern in Duke Energy’s “modernization” plan

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy featured the following guest blog from Joan Walker, MountainTrue’s Campaign Director/Interim Southern Region Director detailing the history and current opportunities for public engagement on Duke Energy’s Western Carolina’s “Modernization” Project. On January 26, in Asheville, our communities will have their only chance to speak on Duke Energy’s plans for Western […]

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Hendersonville Green Drinks: The Path Toward a Cleaner, Safer and More Affordable Energy Future

MountainTrue Campaigns Director Joan Walker is the featured presenter of the next Hendersonville Green Drinks on Thursday, January 14 at Black Bear Coffee in downtown Hendersonville. Attendees will learn about the current state of Duke Energy’s Western Carolinas Modernization project, and ongoing efforts by MountainTrue and the Carolina Land Coalition to ensure that Duke prioritizes energy efficiency and renewable infrastructure and reduces its reliance on fossil fuels.

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Environmental Groups File to Intervene on Duke Energy’s Proposed New Gas Plant

Asheville, N.C. — MountainTrue and the Sierra Club, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), today filed a petition to intervene in proceeding before the North Carolina Utilities Commission regarding Duke Energy’s proposed new gas-fired power plant that the company has branded its “Western Carolinas Modernization Project.”

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Carolina Land Coalition Carries On!

Last week a group of Carolina Land Coalition leaders met and unanimously agreed that the Carolina Land Coalition will continue to protect our land from Duke Energy’s long-term plans. We dodged a bullet when the transmission lines and substations were cancelled, but WNC will stay in the crosshairs as long as our region’s largest utility continues to prioritize fossil fuels to meet our growing demand.

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Conservation and Recreation Coalition Announces Recommendations for Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests

A coalition of conservation and recreation organizations recommends more trails and better public access as well as backcountry and wild areas for the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests, according to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) developed by the coalition. The coalition is submitting the MOU to the U.S. Forest Service as part of the ongoing forest plan revision process for the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forests.

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Mayfield on the Challenge within Duke’s Revised Proposal

MountainTrue Co-director Julie Mayfield has a new guest column in this week’s issue of the MountainXpress where she discusses the challenge posed by Duke Energy’s revised Western Carolinas Modernization Project. If we are going to move the region not just beyond coal but toward a fossil-fuel-free future, we must work together.

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Swimguide – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

For seven months, from April 1 to October 31, over 25 volunteers took more than 575 E. coli water samples to ensure the waterways of the French Broad River are safe for swimming. This data was collected from 22 sites throughout the watershed, from Rosman in Transylvania County to Hot Springs in Madison County. Read on to find out which sites made our lists for the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Three Local Events For Climate Action

This December, world leaders will meet in Paris to hammer out a new climate agreement. As part of a global movement, hundreds of thousands of people in cities and towns around the world will gather and participate in events to send Paris a clear message: Now is the time to take bold action on climate change!

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#MTRaleigh Report

Get the latest on environmental policy and politics from the capital with the #MTRaleigh Report.
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