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

Energized by Efficiency: SOCM members and their dedication to reducing energy waste

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

Over the last two years, SOCM's Cumberland County Chapter has advocated for on-bill financing program for energy efficiency at their electric co-op, Volunteer Energy Cooperative. [ More ]

Gov. Cooper should crack down on Duke Energy’s hazards

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Adams | 1 Comment

Recent revelations of collusion between Duke Energy and university scientists regarding coal ash should come as no surprise. Duke is, after all, a notorious corporate polluter on federal probation after pleading guilty to systemic violations of the Clean Water Act. [ More ]

The Land Matrix, Part 2: The major players

Friday, December 8th, 2017 | Posted by Terran Young | No Comments

Part two of the Land Matrix series takes a look at how major landowners like coal corporations affect the land ownership in Appalachia — and how this top-heavy structure could be preventing major changes that would have positive impacts on the local economy. [ More ]

Energy Savings progress in 2017 provides momentum for 2018

Thursday, December 7th, 2017 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

From community resolutions to Pay As You Save, 2017 has been quite the year for the Energy Savings for Appalachia campaign. Read about our campaign this year and find out how you can get involved! [ More ]

A roadmap to boosting solar in Southwest Virginia

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 | Posted by Lydia Graves | No Comments

Last week, the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia released an outline for bringing a just, sustainable energy economy to the coalfield region. [ More ]

More water pollution from the Kingston coal plant?

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

This week, Tennessee officials are reviewing the renewal of a water discharge permit for Kingston, Tenn. coal-fired power plant that spilled 1.1 billion gallons of coal ash in 2008 — but the new draft permit makes no improvements toward protecting public waters. [ More ]

Virginia Water Board to decide on fracked-gas pipelines

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 | Posted by Lara Mack | 1 Comment

This week and next, the Virginia State Water Control Board will decide whether to allow pipeline companies to build the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. Show up to add your comment and show opposition to these senseless projects! [ More ]

EPA Holds Lone Hearing on Clean Power Plan Repeal

Friday, December 1st, 2017 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

By holding only one public hearing for the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, Scott Pruitt is once again working against the EPA's mission of protecting human health and the environment. [ More ]

Neighbors angered by latest coal ash news about Duke Energy

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 | Posted by Ridge Graham | 2 Comments

The latest news over Duke Energy's handling of the coal ash crisis in North Carolina has many impacted citizens worried - but perhaps not shocked at the utility's ongoing duplicity on the issue. [ More ]

Trump’s war on reality

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 1 Comment

To revive coal and ignore climate change, the White House must wage war on reality itself. [ More ]

Boo! Should Duke Energy’s shift from electricity rates to mandatory fees scare us?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 1 Comment

In addition to the thousands of customers, NC's customer advocate has come out strongly against Duke Energy Progress's 14 percent rate hike. There's even more to the story when you dig in ... [ More ]

A people’s tribunal on environmental justice impacts of fracked gas

Friday, October 20th, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 1 Comment

Lakshmi Fjord, property owner in Buckingham County, Va., where a giant compressor station would be built, talks about the ongoing effort to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the people coming together to fight it. [ More ]