We post our news and reflections on energy, and we also like to repost pieces that we find relevant to community-owned renewable energy. Topics touch on policy, finance, energy politics, case studies, breakthroughs, trends, electric vehicles, as well as the broader social, economic, and maybe even metaphysical dimensions of energy.


Editorial by Steve Owen, Executive Director of AIRE: Haley Barbour, Tool of BP

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (right) “No one has more to loose on this well than BP.” That was Mississippi governor Haley Barbour’s parting comment on an NPR segment that I just happened to hear on June 29th. This was jaw dropping, but alas, disturbingly typical and uncritical. There couldn’t be a more perverse logic than

Solutions Journal’s Special Appalachia Issue

For those interested in sustainability and Appalachia, have a look at Solutions special Appalachia issue. Here’s what the Folks at Solutions Journal have to say about the issue: Together with a dynamic group of academics, business leaders, and activists—each living and working in Appalachia—Solutions will present a special issue dedicated to creating a brighter future

The Complete 11 Page Guide to Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Federal Tax Credits

The Folks at GREENandSAVE have compiled an 11 page guide to renewable energy/energy efficiency Federal tax credits…money that can be used to pay for your Green dreams. Click the below link to thumb through this very fine resource: The Complete 11 Page Guide to Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Federal Tax Credits

Celebrate Earth Day with AIRE and Larry Gibson – and Enter to Win a Vespa Scooter to Support Larry’s Work

Thursday, April 22, 2010 Larry Gibson, Keeper of the Mountains Meet Larry Gibson, a hero of the movement to end mountaintop removal coal mining for over 25 years. A drawing for a Vespa scooter will be held that evening to support Larry. Tickets are available at the reception or online HERE. 4-5 pm: Larry Gibson:

Coal Country the Movie – Tuesday Nov. 17 at the Dragonfly Theater in Boone, NC!

The Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy (AIRE) and Appalachian Voices cordially invite you to a screening of the documentary Coal Country at Boone’s Dragonfly Theater, Tuesday Nov. 17 at 6:00 p.m. – with a second screening of the film at 8 p.m. The film explores the dramatic struggle and tension around the mining and use

Will green energy and electric cars drive a new global climate change plan?

This from NOW on PBS…Home to a worldwide summit on climate change in early December, Denmark is setting a global example in creating clean power, storing it, and using it responsibly. Their reliance on wind power to produce electricity without contributing to global warming is well known, but now they’re looking to drive the point

Major Inaccuracies Found in the Nature Conservancy’s “Energy Sprawl” Report

This blog posted was cross posted from Appalachian Voices Front Porch Blog. Research and reporting by Appalachian Voices’ Dr. Matthew Wasson. As Congress was returning from the August recess, there wasn’t much news about the climate bill. The only energy-related news breaking through the coverage of the rancorous health care debates and town-hall tea parties