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

Virginia inches closer to a carbon market

Thursday, July 13th, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality is developing a rule that could significantly limit carbon emissions from power plants in the commonwealth. Developing a carbon trading program would be a sound option. [ More ]

Environmental regulations didn’t cause coal’s decline — and rollbacks won’t save it.

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 | Posted by Elizabeth E. Payne | No Comments

Despite his repeated promises to do so, President Trump is unlikely to revive the coal industry through federal policy, and CEOs of electric utilities and coal mining companies know it. [ More ]

Cutting carbon pollution in Virginia: Governor McAuliffe should finish what he started

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

In his final year in office, Governor McAuliffe can cement a powerful legacy on climate and the economy by leading the way on environmental protection and climate action. [ More ]

A power play for Virginia’s power plan

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

The shift to a clean energy economy in Virginia faces many obstacles -- extreme mining, extreme drilling, and apparently extreme legislating. The General Assembly, after failing during session to wrest authority from the governor over the state's compliance with the Clean Power Plan, used a budgetary ploy after session that handicaps the administration's efforts. [ More ]

Va. leaders urge Gov. McAuliffe to reject Dominion’s climate-polluting plan

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

From Appalachian Voices' Press Room: Earlier this week, a wide array of Virginia leaders released a letter asking Governor Terry McAuliffe to reject efforts by Dominion Power that would increase carbon pollution in the Commonwealth. [ More ]

The 2016 General Assembly session begins in Virginia

Thursday, January 21st, 2016 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

Clean energy is a major area for potential policy changes during this year’s General Assembly session. But some of the most exciting measures that legislators are considering face significant challenges. Here is a roundup of energy bills to watch. [ More ]

Open for business — APCo’s energy efficiency program

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

For folks living and working in western Virginia, Appalachian Power Co. is now offering its first-ever energy efficiency audit program for homeowners. There's quite a lot more APCo could be doing, but this is a good start and we applaud the company. [ More ]

A winning approach for the Clean Power Plan in Virginia

Thursday, January 14th, 2016 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

A new study shows that, in complying with the federal Clean Power Plan, Virginia should prioritize renewable energy and energy efficiency and allow for participation in carbon trading with other states in order to boost economic activity, cut electricity costs, and safeguard healthy air. Such an approach could yield more than $25 million a year for economic development efforts in Southwest Virginia. [ More ]

North Carolina’s reckless approach to the Clean Power Plan: Part 3

Thursday, January 14th, 2016 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

By 2020, and without making any changes, North Carolina will likely be 80 percent of the way toward meeting the federal goal for cutting carbon pollution. But it would miss out on a momentous opportunity to leverage the Clean Power Plan for job growth and helping lower-income families. Rather than resist the EPA, our state leaders should step up and position the Tar Heel state as a clean energy leader. [ More ]

Sizing up APCo’s plan, through customers’ eyes

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

Appalachian Power Company customers gathered in Roanoke recently to learn more about their electricity provider's long-term resource plans and get involved in these critical decisions. Here's a look at how APCo’s plan stands to impede Virginia from harnessing its full renewable energy potential. [ More ]

I heard it through the pipeline

Friday, November 6th, 2015 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

From Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s perspective, it’s probably best to just keep a lid on what state officials say publicly about controversial natural gas pipelines proposed to cut through the state. But among opponents of the pipelines, the administration’s actions are only deepening skepticism of the governor and his relationship with the projects' primary backers. [ More ]

Pro-solar group gets on Duke Energy’s bad side

Monday, November 2nd, 2015 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

Duke Energy wants to smack down NC WARN for setting up a experimental solar project on the rooftop of a Greensboro church and testing a law prohibiting third-party electricity sales in North Carolina. The company is not helping its reputation for quashing clean energy efforts that aren't its own. [ More ]