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Organizing for Wind Power
A Guide for West Virginia Communities

Welcome to the “Organizing for Wind Power” guide! This guide was conceived as a way to support organizing efforts for wind power and was inspired by the Coal River Mountain Wind campaign in Raleigh County, West Virginia.

The purpose of this guide is to provide information and tools you can use to be an effective community leader for promoting wind power.

The guide will provide:
1. A brief introduction to electricity: where it comes from, how we consume it, and how much we consume.

2. Basic information about wind energy: how it works, what types of wind energy are being developed, how much wind potential exists in West Virginia, and where and how it can benefit your local economy and environment.

3. Tips, suggestions, and resources for organizing around wind power in your community: talking points about wind power, tips and ideas for organizing, and suggestions for outreach and advocating for wind power.

4. A library of resources to learn more about wind power, what West Virginia is doing to support it, how to contact your local and state representatives to gather their support, and who is already working in their own communities to organize for clean wind energy and new economic development.

Click below to get yourself a copy of the guide and start organizing for wind power in your community!


Organizing for Wind Power: A Guide for West Virginia Communities



This organizing guide was produced by Aurora Lights as an accompaniment to the “Journey Up Coal River” website.  We would like to thank the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation for providing the funding for the production of the Renewable Energy on Coal River Mountain portion of the website as well as this guide, and the West Virginia Humanities Council for funding the multimedia website and lesson plans.

We would also like to thank Downstream Strategies for their significant contribution to Chapters 2 and 3. For their time and efforts and their thoughts, comments, and edits, we would like to thank Julia Sendor of Coal River Mountain Watch, Jenny Hudson of the JOBS project, and Stephanie Tyree of the Sludge Safety Project. Finally, we appreciate the photographs provided by Evan Hansen, B. Mark Schmerling (Schmerling Documentary Photography), Power In My Back Yard, and Andrew Stern(