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

Customer-owned utilities should be leaders on clean energy. Why do most of them fail to deliver?

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Clean energy expert Ivy Main looks at how a lack of transparency and democracy at many Virginia electric cooperatives is causing them to fall behind on renewable energy. Member-owners at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative are trying to change that. [ More ]

Mountain Valley Pipeline soils all in its path

Saturday, July 6th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Trained citizen monitors in Va. and W.Va. have documented hundreds of violations and possible violations from construction along the Mountain Valley Pipeline. They continue calling for an immediate stop-work order from regulators. [ More ]

What is Congress going to do about black lung’s resurgence?

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In June, advocates for black lung healthcare testified before Congress and urged them to act on the deadly disease's resurgence. Donate today to help send coal miners with black lung to D.C. in July to fight for the healthcare they deserve! [ More ]

Trump administration backs down on closing job centers

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

The Trump administration opted not to close down nine job centers that serve rural areas, including four in Appalachia, after widespread public backlash. [ More ]

Advocates for Appalachia in D.C. this week

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Meet Laura Miller, Jacob Hannah and Darrell Coker -- three Appalachians who traveled to D.C. this week to stand up for their communities and advocate for passage of the RECLAIM Act. [ More ]

As Duke Energy contests cleanup, new evidence points to coal ash risks

Monday, June 17th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

As Duke Energy appeals the state of North Carolina’s coal ash cleanup order, new information points to the severity of the problem and why coal ash excavation is needed. [ More ]

When “clean” energy isn’t

Thursday, June 13th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Once the planet's temperature rises 1.5 degrees Celsius due to global warming, "the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse polish off their martinis, look at each other, and say, ‘It’s go time.’” [ More ]

Pass the RECLAIM Act

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 | Posted by Thom Kay | No Comments

Politicians like to talk about helping rural Appalachia. The RECLAIM Act is a chance for them to show that they mean it. [ More ]

Monopoly power play: The latest on Duke Energy’s bad rate bill

Friday, May 24th, 2019 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

Folks from across North Carolina have banded together to oppose a bill that would allow Duke Energy to more easily raise rates AND foist their cost for doing business onto N.C. ratepayers. [ More ]

Virginians For Justice: Progress Not Pipelines!

Friday, May 24th, 2019 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Several hundred people from across Virginia turned out for a weekend of solidarity for environmental justice and climate action and to call for a halt to expanding fracked-gas infrastructure anywhere in the state. [ 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 ]