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

TN Legislature Votes to Severely Weaken Coal Mining Oversight

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 | Posted by Kevin Ridder | No Comments

If Gov. Haslam allows the Primacy and Reclamation Act of Tennessee to become law, it will erode community protections and become an unnecessary burden on Tennessee taxpayers. [ More ]


Six lives a day: Energy efficiency could result in tremendous public health benefits

Friday, March 9th, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

A recent report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy highlights why energy efficiency should be a key part of the conversation about public health. [ More ]


TVA’s “New Pricing Paradigm” is a bad deal for communities and clean energy

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

Appalachian Voices attended TVA's February board meeting to oppose rate reforms that would burden on low-income residents and thwart future investments in clean energy. [ 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 ]


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 ]


Energized by Efficiency: SOCM members and their dedication to reducing energy waste

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

Over the last two years, SOCM's Cumberland County Chapter has advocated for on-bill financing program for energy efficiency at their electric co-op, Volunteer Energy Cooperative. [ More ]


Massive mountaintop removal mine threatens Clearfork Valley

Thursday, September 14th, 2017 | Posted by Willie Dodson | 4 Comments

The Clearfork Valley of Tennessee has been intensely surface-mined going back decades. Now, Kopper Glo Mining is moving forward with a nearly 1,500-acre mountaintop removal mine on nearby Cooper Ridge. [ More ]


White House halts review of mountaintop removal health impacts

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

The U.S. Department of the Interior ordered the National Academy of Sciences to halt its review of the links between mountaintop removal coal mining and human health impacts. [ More ]


In Tennessee, Powell Valley Electric Co-op members speak out

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 | Posted by Nina Levison | 3 Comments

Electric co-ops are governed by boards who are democratically elected, and therefore supposedly responsive to their customers, who are also co-owners of these utilities. The Powell Valley Electric Cooperative in east Tennessee has stirred grave concern with its herbicide spraying policy, and members are speaking out. [ More ]


Mountaintop removal limited — not stopped — in Tennessee

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 | Posted by Elizabeth E. Payne | No Comments

The Obama administration has approved a petition from Tennessee to designate some 75,000 acres of mountain ridges off limits for surface coal mining. The move protects mountain streams, wildlife habitat, scenic views and eco-tourism assets of the iconic Cumberland Plateau. But other mountains in Tennessee are still threatened with mountaintop removal mining. Take action today. [ More ]


America’s miners deserve better than this; time to do your part

Thursday, December 8th, 2016 | Posted by Thom Kay | No Comments

America owes a debt to the nation’s coal miners. The Miners Protection Act would begin to pay that debt, but the opportunity for Congress to pass the bill is quickly slipping away. [ More ]


O’ TVA where art thou?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 | Posted by Amy Kelly | No Comments

The Tennessee Valley Authority was created in the 1930s to bring cheap electricity to the most rural reaches of the Tennessee River valley. Almost a century later, many residents are struggling to pay electric bills that can be hundreds of dollars a month for their modest homes. Utility-sponsored financing to help with energy-efficiency improvements would go a long way. [ More ]