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



How can TVA claim to support energy efficiency and renewables even as they implement policies that discourage them?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 | Posted by Nina Levison | No Comments

TVA is using its already-obsolete 2020 Integrated Resource Plan as an opportunity to cut funding for energy-saving technologies that it claims are driving down revenue. [ 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 ]


In Tennessee, Powell Valley Electric Co-op members speak out

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 | Posted by Nina Levison | 3 Comments

Electric co-ops are governed by boards who are democratically elected, and therefore supposedly responsive to their customers, who are also co-owners of these utilities. The Powell Valley Electric Cooperative in east Tennessee has stirred grave concern with its herbicide spraying policy, and members are speaking out. [ More ]