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

Blue Ridge Energy’s solar policies among the worst in Southeast

Saturday, November 17th, 2018 | Posted by Lauren Essick | No Comments

A new report shows that Blue Ride Energy has some of the worst solar policies in the Southeast. That's why we created a petition calling on Blue Ridge to support solar access and increase the cooperative's transparency with its member-owners. [ More ]

Revitalizing Ouachita: How One Electric Co-op is Moving Forward

Thursday, November 15th, 2018 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | 2 Comments

Ouachita Electric Cooperative in Arkansas offers programs that make energy efficiency and high-speed internet accessible and affordable, and is using solar to help grow the local economy and save money. If Ouachita can do it, what's stopping other electric co-ops from following suit? [ More ]

Virginia ignores risk, allows Atlantic Coast Pipeline work

Thursday, October 25th, 2018 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality approved Clean Water Act permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, brushing off concerns from the Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice. [ More ]

Southwest Virginia group challenges surface mine proposed near UVA-Wise

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

The mining company’s executive is the former head of the corporation responsible for the 2004 mining accident that killed 3-year-old Jeremy Davidson. [ More ]

Our air. Our lives.

Thursday, October 18th, 2018 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

Hundreds of Virginians voiced their concerns this summer about a massive fracked gas compressor station proposed in the heart of Virginia as part of the risky Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Some of them have everything at stake -- their health, home and heritage as part of the historic African-American community of Union Hill. [ More ]

Black lung survivors take their case to Congress

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Residents of Southwest Virginia went to Washington, D.C., to tell Congress about the plight of their neighbors, friends, family members and other coal miners with black lung disease. [ More ]

Mountain Valley Pipeline ordered to halt construction at stream crossings

Thursday, October 11th, 2018 | Posted by Front Porch Blog | 5 Comments

Construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline is now halted at nearly all stream crossings in West Virginia and Virginia, following a court ruling and an announcement from the Army Corps of Engineers. [ More ]

High Country energy contest winner receives home upgrades

Friday, October 5th, 2018 | Posted by Lauren Essick | 1 Comment

Amy Cook of Boone, N.C., recently received energy-saving home improvements through our High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest. The contest highlighted the need for affordable weatherization programs. [ More ]

Grassroots campaign draws historic crowd to East Tennessee electric co-op’s annual meeting

Friday, September 28th, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

On Sept. 15, more than 1,200 members of Powell Valley Electric Cooperative gathered for the co-op's annual meeting as the group PVEC Member Voices led a grassroots campaign promoting transparency, member involvement and environmental stewardship. [ More ]

A hurricane’s aftermath

Friday, September 21st, 2018 | Posted by Amy Adams | 1 Comment

Floodwaters continue to spread toxic contamination from hog farms and coal ash impoundments, and have raised concerns about the social disparity of the residents impacted by the disaster. [ More ]

North Carolina needs maximum protections from Duke Energy’s coal ash pollution

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Adams | 2 Comments

NC DEQ is asking for input from residents and experts on a new set of rules to govern the way coal ash is handled in the state. [ More ]

Federal fund for black lung healthcare in danger

Thursday, September 6th, 2018 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | 2 Comments

Our elected representatives need to step up and make sure coal companies pay their fair share toward healthcare for coal miners with black lung disease. [ More ]