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



Virginia electric co-ops fight to keep doors closed to members

Monday, December 3rd, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | 1 Comment

Rural electric co-ops were set up as democratic institutions, but have increasingly become unresponsive to their customers, who are also owner-members. In Virginia, members of two co-ops are challenging the status quo. [ More ]


Grassroots campaign draws historic crowd to East Tennessee electric co-op’s annual meeting

Friday, September 28th, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

On Sept. 15, more than 1,200 members of Powell Valley Electric Cooperative gathered for the co-op's annual meeting as the group PVEC Member Voices led a grassroots campaign promoting transparency, member involvement and environmental stewardship. [ More ]


PVEC member voices need to be heard on Sept. 15

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

Powell Valley Electric Cooperative's annual meeting is coming up — and now, more than ever, member voices need to be heard. [ More ]


New TVA rate structure likely to harm low-income families

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | 1 Comment

TVA's new "Grid Access Charge" will reduce both local power companies' and end users’ ability to control their monthly energy costs. [ More ]


Six lives a day: Energy efficiency could result in tremendous public health benefits

Friday, March 9th, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

A recent report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy highlights why energy efficiency should be a key part of the conversation about public health. [ 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 ]


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 ]


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 ]