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Chance for Victory in an Unexpected Place

When thinking of places ripe for victory, Orange, Culpeper, and Spotsylvania don’t often come to most people’s minds. However, that’s exactly where we have a strong chance of winning a step in the fight against ODEC’s proposed coal plant. These cities are part of the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC), which stretches from King William County all the way up to Clarke County, members of which would be footing the $6 billion bill for the plant and most of them don’t even know it yet.

REC is a member co-op of ODEC, and enough opposition from them could lead to enough opposition in ODEC’s board to pull the proposal off the table. But first things first, we need vocal opposition on REC’s board itself; and we need someone who will make sure members have all the info and know what would happen to their rates.

Enter Rob Marmet! Rob believes in the power of direct democracy in the co-op system, the right of members to have a say in whether they should pay for a new, unnecessary coal plant just 32 miles from the Chesapeake Bay. This week, he’s submitting signatures to qualify to run for the Board of Directors and be that vocal opposition we need.

CCAN and the Wise Energy for Virginia Coalition will be working non-stop on the ground to educate members about their voting rights, identify those who support Rob, and raise awareness about the coal plant’s effect on their rates. A team of student organizers is ready to dedicate their summer to knocking on doors, canvassing on the street, phone banking and doing everything they can to mobilize co-op members to support Rob and keep coal out of the bay!

Now, enter…. You! Students are pumped and ready to get started, we’re psyched to ramp up the project, and we need your help to be successful! We’re in the running for a chance at $5,000 from Brighter Planet IF we get the most people to vote for it. It takes only a minute to go to and vote for us.

Supporting student organizers, empowering communities to get their voices heard, and keeping coal out of the Bay: Three important causes, and you get three votes!

P.S. Are you a co-op member or do you want to get involved more? E-mail me at [email protected]