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



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 ]


Upgrade your home without breaking the bank

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In Alleghany County, N.C., Christian Lannie used Blue Ridge Energy's Energy SAVER loan program to finance home upgrades that make his family's home more comfortable in the winter while lowering electric bills. [ More ]


A summer of learning and organizing against pipelines

Thursday, July 27th, 2017 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

This is the last day of my internship with Appalachian Voices. But even though my formal time here is over, I plan to continue fighting for clean water. [ More ]


What do electric co-ops have to do with economic justice?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

The nonprofit WeOwnIt initiative was established in 2015 to create a national network for cooperative members of all sectors to have the rights, education and tools to implement organizing practices. This year, WeOwnIt is concentrating efforts towards electric co-ops. [ More ]


Do-It-Yourself tips for energy efficiency: Heating & Cooling

Friday, August 26th, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | 1 Comment

Education is a key part of our work, and one way we are helping residents lower their energy costs is by creating and sharing some short videos with Do-It-Yourself energy efficiency tip. This video features John Kidda, founder and President of reNew Homes, Inc., in Boone, N.C., discusses programmable thermostats as a way to save on heating and cooling. [ More ]


Norton’s walk along the river

Monday, August 8th, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In the Southwest Virginia city of Norton, Appalachian Voices is supporting a project that would enhance recreation along the Guest River and clean up an abandoned coal tipple that is both an eyesore and a source of pollution. [ More ]


New law puts coal ash progress in NC at risk

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | 1 Comment

The rushed introduction, concurrence and signing of North Carolina House Bill 630 puts at risk many aspects of the progress that residents and environmental groups have made since the introduction of the Coal Ash Management Act in 2014. [ More ]


The importance of being earnest — about energy efficiency

Monday, July 11th, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Energy use and costs are higher in Appalachia than the national average, so when a high proportion of family income goes towards paying the utility bill, something needs to be done in order to reduce people’s electricity bills through improved home energy efficiency. [ More ]


Coal ash controversy continues in North Carolina

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In May, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality released risk rankings for Duke Energy’s coal ash impoundments across the state following 15 public hearings. But those rankings could still change and a newly revived legislative battle is a sign that the controversy over coal ash cleanup in North Carolina will continue. [ More ]


Federal agency considers restricting surface mining in Tennessee

Monday, January 18th, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | 1 Comment

Ridgeline corridors across a 67,000-acre area of Tennessee could be protected from surface mining. The U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is considering granting the state's request for a ban. Submit your comment in support of the Cumberland Mountains before Jan. 25! [ More ]


N.C. General Assembly restricts local governments on fracking

Monday, October 19th, 2015 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In the final hours of the legislative session, the N.C. General Assembly approved Senate Bill 119, which contains a provision that invalidates local ordinances put in place to restrict fracking. The provision was added just days after commissioners in Stokes County approved a three-year moratorium on oil and gas operations in the county. [ More ]


Appalachian Regional Commission receives citizen input

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | 1 Comment

Subregions_2009_MapOn June 4, the Appalachian Regional Commission held one of its five 2016-2020 Strategic Plan Listening Sessions in Morehead, Ky. The session successfully facilitated the sharing of ideas by Appalachian stakeholders that will inform the commission’s plan for improving economic opportunities in communities across the region. [ More ]