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

Major win for N.C. clean energy advocates

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

Appalachian Voices was among the many organizations voicing public opposition in North Carolina to a rate-hike bill despite Duke Energy’s money influence in the state legislature. [ More ]

A policymaker’s guide to fostering community solar development

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Pro-solar policy is crucial to bringing clean, renewable energy to Southwest Virginia and Appalachia as a whole. [ More ]

Protected or not? Coal company pushes for mine in protected Tennessee area

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Federal regulators are considering a proposal for a new surface coal mine in Tennessee's Cumberland Mountains, despite the fact that in 2016, the federal government declared most of the area in question off-limits to surface mining. [ More ]

Bringing energy democracy to Virginia

Monday, November 4th, 2019 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

A series of presentations and workshops on energy democracy is beginning in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Read more about three events we're holding in November — we hope to see you there! [ More ]

Wins for opponents of fracked-gas pipelines

Friday, November 1st, 2019 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

Catch up on the latest news in the fight against dangerous fracked-gas pipelines. [ More ]

Touring solar successes in Southwest Virginia

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 | Posted by Austin Counts | No Comments

Residents from across the region toured solar installations in Abingdon and Wise County, Va., to learn more about solar development, financing options and more. [ More ]

Dante: A beacon of hope for Southwest Virginia

Friday, October 25th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

The small community of Dante is bringing big dreams into action. Appalachian Voices volunteer Sara Lamb shares highlights of the Dante Community Association's work and reflects on what this progress means for Southwest Virginia. [ More ]

In memoriam: April Pierson-Keating

Thursday, October 17th, 2019 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

Appalachia mourns the passing of a fierce defender of the environment whose commitment to lifting up the voices of her West Virginia community will continue to grow the pipeline resistance movement well into the future. [ More ]

Appalachian Voices receives grant for solar in Southwest Virginia

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Appalachian Voices has received a federal grant to help further the mission of the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia to develop the region as a hub for the solar industry, creating jobs and community wealth. [ More ]

Tennessee “Energy Democracy Tour” gathers community input

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

The Tennessee Valley Energy Democracy Tour will hold its final stop in Claxton, Tenn., on Oct. 21. At more than 10 tour stops, community members discussed the impacts of TVA's energy system and shared their visions for the future. [ More ]

October is Solar Month in Southwest Virginia!

Friday, September 13th, 2019 | Posted by Tyler Hughes | No Comments

In October, residents in Southwest Virginia will have the chance to tour some of the region’s solar energy installations. Solar organizations are teaming up to showcase solar energy systems across the region as part of the 24th Annual National Solar Tour. [ More ]

Say “no” to Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate extension

Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

The same company that has wracked up hundreds of water quality violations building the Mountain Valley Pipeline wants to extend the pipeline another 70 miles. A public comment period is open now. [ More ]