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.

NCDENR COALThe 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.


Now through Oct. 16, 2014: Support EPA’s ‘Clean Power Plan’

On June 2, President Obama and the EPA announced the first-ever carbon pollution limits on all existing power plants. It’s the most important climate action of his presidency, because power plants are America’s single largest source of extreme-weather intensifying, public-health threatening carbon pollution.

“We need to tell the EPA that limiting carbon from power plants is the fastest way to tackle climate disruption,” said Anna Jane Joyner, campaign coordinator with Western North Carolina Alliance. “The coal-fired power plant in Asheville is the largest single contributor to climate disruption in our mountains, releasing carbon dioxide into the air every year equivalent to 500,000 cars on the road. This is not just an environmental problem, it’s a public health issue and it’s an economic issue.”

Comment on the EPA’s proposal online or by email, fax or letter. EPA says it considers all comments equally, no matter how they are submitted.

The comment period on the proposed rule is open until Oct. 16.

Complete information on the various ways to comment can be found at:

SHOWTIME’s ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ documentary series features the work of Asheville Beyond Coal

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, WNCA’s campaign coordinator, 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.