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

Still on hold: Few answers on review of mountaintop removal health impacts

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 | Posted by Erin Savage | 3 Comments

More than a year into the Trump administration, a director for the Office of Surface Mining has yet to be confirmed. And it's unlikely that Trump's pro-coal pick will reinstate a review of the human health impacts of mountaintop removal. [ More ]


N.C. regulators shift coal ash cleanup costs to ratepayers

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | 1 Comment

The North Carolina Utilities Commission signed off on a rate hike proposed by Duke Energy, effectively shifting the cost burden of cleaning up coal ash onto many families who are already struggling to stay afloat. [ 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 ]


Heading into the final stretch on Va. electric rate bill

Saturday, February 24th, 2018 | Posted by Peter Anderson | 1 Comment

The Virginia General Assembly will cast final votes on Dominion Energy's rate overhaul this coming week, but enormous problems with the bill remain. CALL YOUR LEGISLATOR TODAY! [ More ]


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 | 1 Comment

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 | 3 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 ]