September 18: Street Theater Rally Against Duke’s Rate Hikes September 27

The North Carolina Utilities Commission, the government body tasked with regulating Duke Energy’s activities in NC, is holding a public comment session on Wednesday September 27th 7-10pm. Community Roots, an Asheville based nonprofit, is organizing a Street Theater Rally and March starting at the Vance Monument at 5pm. Duke Energy is requesting a 16.7% rate increase from residential customers to cover, amongst other things, cleanup of their coal ash and the construction of new gas-fired plants including the one in Arden. Community Roots and its partners believe the public must take advantage of this opportunity to voice their opinions to the Commissioners and Duke Energy. Read More>>>

September 5 2017: New Proposed City Ordinance Fights for our Rights to a Healthy Climate

“When it comes to our energy future, who has more rights: one large energy monopoly, or the combined citizens of Asheville?” asks Jamie Friedrich, an organizer with local nonprofit Community Roots. You probably guessed correctly. Corporations have been seizing power all over this country, with disastrous effects upon our air, water, and land. Our pro-corporate, heavily Republican state legislature currently has the power to pre-empt any local laws that are in conflict with the corporate agenda. But people are organizing to challenge that, thanks to the work of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) who have been working on Community Rights since the 1990s. Read More>>>

June 29 2017: Community Rights Movement Promotes Local Sovereignty

At the July 4 Independence From Fossil Fuels gathering at Lake Julian, many T-shirts and signs will ask “Who decides?” Who determines what kind of energy will power our city? Right now, the answer is “Duke Energy decides.” Duke (the largest electric utility in the U.S.) is a monopoly, so even if Asheville residents want solar, wind and other renewables, the company can build plants that burn fracked gas and raise our electric rates to pay for them. This would lock us into years of dependence on fossil fuel when environmental leaders worldwide are calling for giant steps toward renewable energy to stave off climate disaster.

June 14 2017: Asheville becomes First North Carolina City pass Resolution Calling for 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

 Asheville, NC – On June 13th 2017 the Asheville City Councilors passed a resolution supporting a State goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050, or sooner, in all energy sectors. It references the Stanford and UC Berkley study lead by Dr. Marc Jacobson, that concluded the US energy supply could be based entirely on renewable energy by 2050 and 80% by 2030 using current technologies while creating green jobs. The resolution acknowledges the inordinate impact of fossil fuel use on communities of color who are often more likely to be exposed to pollution and suffer cancer and asthma. Read More>>>

June 12 2017: July 4th Action on Lake Julian Demands Independence from Fossil Fuels

Asheville, NC – This Independence Day, July 4, 2017, climate activists and concerned citizens will peacefully protest Duke Energy’s construction of a gas-fired power plant in Arden, NC. Local nonprofit, Community Roots are organizing the lake-based event to ask that the City of Asheville and Buncombe county be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2050 in accordance with House Resolution 401 introduced to the NC state legislature in March 2017. Read More>>>