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



Old Dominion Power rate proposal would harm Southwest Virginia communities

Monday, August 19th, 2019 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Old Dominion Power is seeking a massive rate increase, which would increase average residential electricity bills by nearly $29 per month and make it more difficult for Southwest Virginia businesses and residents to access solar power. Now is your chance to speak up! [ More ]


Southwest Virginia takes powerful steps to advance solar energy

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

A big week for solar energy in Southwest Virginia includes celebrating eight communities for their advancements in solar and the announcement of a substantial grant to build a big solar project on a former mine site. [ More ]


Solar in Southwest Virginia recognized in national competition

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia was recently awarded a "Solar Discovery" prize for identifying solar projects in Virginia's coalfield counties that would create jobs and benefit local communities. [ More ]


High prices for dirty fuels in Southwest Virginia

Thursday, May 16th, 2019 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Old Dominion Power wants to charge residents more for increasingly expensive fossil fuels, when renewable energy offers a lower-cost alternative. Join us at the State Corporation Commission's public hearing in Norton, Va., on May 23! [ More ]


Coalition explores innovative mine reclamation solutions in West Virginia

Friday, March 15th, 2019 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Members of the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition visited an abandoned mine in Mingo County, W.Va., slated to become the site of a solar-powered aquaponics agriculture facility. [ More ]