The Front Porch Blog, with Updates from AppalachiaThe Front Porch Blog, with Updates from Appalachia

A watershed moment in Virginia’s energy politics

Thursday, March 15th, 2018 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

A groundswell of citizen pressure and efforts by Appalachian Voices and other groups on Dominion's rate bill disrupted "business as usual" in this year's Virginia General Assembly. [ More ]

EPA’s Pruitt leading a “war on America’s health”

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Adams | 4 Comments

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is on a roll -- rolling back key health and environmental protections from toxic pollution from coal-burning fossil fuel plants. [ More ]

Six lives a day: Energy efficiency could result in tremendous public health benefits

Friday, March 9th, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

A recent report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy highlights why energy efficiency should be a key part of the conversation about public health. [ More ]

N.C. “Home Energy Makeover Contest” Redux

Friday, March 9th, 2018 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum | No Comments

We're launching our second High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest for residential members of Blue Ridge Energy (BRE) in North Carolina, with a grand-prize of $2,500 in home improvements. [ More ]

TVA’s “New Pricing Paradigm” is a bad deal for communities and clean energy

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

Appalachian Voices attended TVA's February board meeting to oppose rate reforms that would burden on low-income residents and thwart future investments in clean energy. [ More ]

Still on hold: Few answers on review of mountaintop removal health impacts

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 | Posted by Erin Savage | 3 Comments

More than a year into the Trump administration, a director for the Office of Surface Mining has yet to be confirmed. And it's unlikely that Trump's pro-coal pick will reinstate a review of the human health impacts of mountaintop removal. [ More ]

N.C. regulators shift coal ash cleanup costs to ratepayers

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | 1 Comment

The North Carolina Utilities Commission signed off on a rate hike proposed by Duke Energy, effectively shifting the cost burden of cleaning up coal ash onto many families who are already struggling to stay afloat. [ More ]

Sharing and listening: Holston Electric Co-op looks for member input

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 | Posted by Nina Levison | No Comments

In East Tennessee, Holston Electric Cooperative is listening to its member-owners and responding with new services, like high-speed internet and an opt-out program for herbicide spraying near power lines. [ More ]

Heading into the final stretch on Va. electric rate bill

Saturday, February 24th, 2018 | Posted by Peter Anderson | 1 Comment

The Virginia General Assembly will cast final votes on Dominion Energy's rate overhaul this coming week, but enormous problems with the bill remain. CALL YOUR LEGISLATOR TODAY! [ More ]

West Virginians speak out against proposal to log state parks

Thursday, February 8th, 2018 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Guest blogger Chad Cordell of the Kanawha Forest Coalition provides an update on a West Virginia bill that would allow commercial logging of high-value trees in WV state parks, and shares some easy ways to contact decision-makers in support of our parks. #SOSParks [ More ]

High winter energy bills got you down?

Thursday, February 8th, 2018 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

Thousands of families see their energy costs skyrocket in winter, leaving many struggling to pay their bills. Here's a basic overview of electric bills and how energy use translates to the balance you see on your bill. [ More ]

More to ‘pumped storage’ than meets the eye

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 | Posted by Lydia Graves | 1 Comment

A plan to use defunct coal mines in Southwest Virginia for a hydroelectric facility could be a great idea -- provided it uses local workers and locally sited solar energy to run the operation. [ More ]