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

1,000 days on bottled water

Friday, January 19th, 2018 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

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 ]

Appalachian solar jobs on the line in Trump’s Suniva decision

Friday, January 19th, 2018 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Guest blogger Kyle Pennell of PowerScout takes a look at President Trump's upcoming January 26 ruling regarding tariffs on solar panel imports and the potential impact his decision could have either way. [ More ]

Make a difference in N.C. in the new year!

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Adams | 1 Comment

Duke Energy is seeking a damaging rate hike of nearly 17% that would hit low-income folks the hardest and lower incentives for solar and energy efficiency — all while forcing ratepayers to cover the cost of Duke's coal ash mistakes. Show up and speak out! [ 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

The Land Matrix, Part 2: The major players

Friday, December 8th, 2017 | Posted by Terran Young | No Comments

Part two of the Land Matrix series takes a look at how major landowners like coal corporations affect the land ownership in Appalachia — and how this top-heavy structure could be preventing major changes that would have positive impacts on the local economy. [ More ]

Energy Savings progress in 2017 provides momentum for 2018

Thursday, December 7th, 2017 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

From community resolutions to Pay As You Save, 2017 has been quite the year for the Energy Savings for Appalachia campaign. Read about our campaign this year and find out how you can get involved! [ More ]

A roadmap to boosting solar in Southwest Virginia

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 | Posted by Lydia Graves | No Comments

Last week, the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia released an outline for bringing a just, sustainable energy economy to the coalfield region. [ More ]

More water pollution from the Kingston coal plant?

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

This week, Tennessee officials are reviewing the renewal of a water discharge permit for Kingston, Tenn. coal-fired power plant that spilled 1.1 billion gallons of coal ash in 2008 — but the new draft permit makes no improvements toward protecting public waters. [ More ]

Virginia Water Board to decide on fracked-gas pipelines

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 | Posted by Lara Mack | 1 Comment

This week and next, the Virginia State Water Control Board will decide whether to allow pipeline companies to build the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. Show up to add your comment and show opposition to these senseless projects! [ More ]