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

West Virginians speak out against proposal to log state parks

Thursday, February 8th, 2018 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Guest blogger Chad Cordell of the Kanawha Forest Coalition provides an update on a West Virginia bill that would allow commercial logging of high-value trees in WV state parks, and shares some easy ways to contact decision-makers in support of our parks. #SOSParks [ More ]


High winter energy bills got you down?

Thursday, February 8th, 2018 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

Thousands of families see their energy costs skyrocket in winter, leaving many struggling to pay their bills. Here's a basic overview of electric bills and how energy use translates to the balance you see on your bill. [ More ]


More to ‘pumped storage’ than meets the eye

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 | Posted by Lydia Graves | No Comments

A plan to use defunct coal mines in Southwest Virginia for a hydroelectric facility could be a great idea -- provided it uses local workers and locally sited solar energy to run the operation. [ More ]


Hold Duke Energy accountable for its illegal coal ash leaks

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

North Carolina environmental regulators have proposed an arrangement that requires Duke Energy to take some expedited clean-up steps at its Marshall, Allen and Cliffside coal ash ponds. But the proposal doesn't go far enough. The N.C. DEQ needs to hear from you! [ More ]


With your help, Virginia legislation can protect our water from pipelines

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

We’ve resisted the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines for more than three years. Now Virginia lawmakers need to hear our voices to ensure that legislation to better protect landowners and water resources from fracked-gas pipelines becomes law. [ More ]


A conversation about co-ops

Friday, February 2nd, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | 2 Comments

Electric co-op members in Cumberland Gap learn their rights in a special community forum by our Energy Savings for Appalachia team. [ More ]


5 graphs explain coal in Trump’s first year

Thursday, February 1st, 2018 | Posted by Erin Savage | 2 Comments

The Trump administration claims an uptick in coal production shows its anti-regulatory agenda is working — ignoring the fact 2017 was an outlier and coal's long-term trend is downward. Meanwhile, coal communities across the country need better policies now to help diversify their local economies. [ More ]


MLK Day of Service

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 | Posted by Becca Bauer | No Comments

On Saturday, January 20, students at Appalachian State University joined with Appalachian Voices for the annual MLK Challenge, a day of community outreach in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [ More ]


Controversy in Va. mounts as Dominion bill nears a vote

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 | Posted by Kate Boyle | No Comments

Dominion Energy is at it again, using its political influence to push legislation that would weaken regulatory oversight and boost profits at the expense of its Virginia customers. But this time something is different. The corporate giant is being met with significant opposition. [ More ]


This time, our elected representatives must tell Dominion ‘No’

Monday, January 22nd, 2018 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

Dominion Energy’s impressive profits stem from its great success at shaping the state laws governing its activities. Now the company is back at the General Assembly asking for more special treatment with a legislative package that favors more profits at consumers expense in the long run. [ More ]


1,000 days on bottled water

Friday, January 19th, 2018 | Posted by Ridge Graham | 1 Comment

Last week marked the 1,000th day that hundreds of families in North Carolina have had to use nothing but bottled water for drinking, cooking and bathing because their well water is likely contaminated by one of Duke Energy's leaking coal ash ponds. [ More ]


Appalachian solar jobs on the line in Trump’s Suniva decision

Friday, January 19th, 2018 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 1 Comment

Guest blogger Kyle Pennell of PowerScout takes a look at President Trump's upcoming January 26 ruling regarding tariffs on solar panel imports and the potential impact his decision could have either way. [ More ]