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

A bigger prize for our N.C. home energy contest!

Friday, April 6th, 2018 | Posted by Becca Bauer | No Comments

We're increasing the amount of our grand prize for our High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest for even more impact. [ 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 ]


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 ]


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 ]


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 ]


1,000 days on bottled water

Friday, January 19th, 2018 | Posted by Ridge Graham | 1 Comment

Last week marked the 1,000th day that hundreds of families in North Carolina have had to use nothing but bottled water for drinking, cooking and bathing because their well water is likely contaminated by one of Duke Energy's leaking coal ash ponds. [ More ]


Get to know the Energy Savings team and what drives our work

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

Our Energy Savings campaign works to expand energy efficiency and empower members of electric cooperatives. Learn about our campaign and why each member of our team is passionate about this work. [ More ]


Gov. Cooper should crack down on Duke Energy’s hazards

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Adams | 1 Comment

Recent revelations of collusion between Duke Energy and university scientists regarding coal ash should come as no surprise. Duke is, after all, a notorious corporate polluter on federal probation after pleading guilty to systemic violations of the Clean Water Act. [ More ]


Boo! Should Duke Energy’s shift from electricity rates to mandatory fees scare us?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | 1 Comment

In addition to the thousands of customers, NC's customer advocate has come out strongly against Duke Energy Progress's 14 percent rate hike. There's even more to the story when you dig in ... [ More ]


Upset residents say NO to Duke Energy rate hikes

Friday, October 20th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

Hundreds of upset electricity customers attended a series of hearings regarding a 16.7 percent rate hike proposed by Duke Energy Progress. Public comments will be taken through Nov. 19 [ More ]


Duke Energy wants to raise your power bill

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 | Posted by Nick Wood | No Comments

Duke Energy is asking the North Carolina Utilities Commission for approval to raise rates for its residential customers by more than 16 percent. But North Carolinians are already paying the cost for Duke Energy's mess. [ More ]


The fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is not over

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 | Posted by Ridge Graham | 3 Comments

As expected, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently gave a glowing review to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, overlooking the threats to wetlands, forest, drinking waters and indigenous populations along the pipeline's proposed route. [ More ]