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

Regulators decide on Kentucky Power’s third rate hike in five years

Friday, February 26th, 2021 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Although the Kentucky Public Service Commission denied the utility's original request for a 25 percent rate increase, the body approved a rate hike of 12.5 percent for residential customers. [ Read More ]

An enormous step for coal communities, environmental justice and climate

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

President Biden's executive order puts the United States in a position to vigorously confront the challenges of climate change, create good-paying jobs and protect communities from the hazards of polluted land, air and water. [ Read More ]

A way forward for Appalachia

Friday, January 22nd, 2021 | Posted by Thom Kay | No Comments

Our legislative director outlines a list of action items for the Biden administration — suspending utility shutoffs during the pandemic, strengthening oversight of the fossil fuel industry, and moving swiftly to support just economic transition in coal-impacted communities. [ Read More ]

NC Utility Customers: Know your rights and resources

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

We put together a resource guide for residents in North Carolina who are in danger of having vital water and electric services disconnected during the pandemic. [ Read More ]

Virginians face threat from toxic gold mining

Saturday, January 9th, 2021 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

The gold mining industry is eyeing central Virginia for a major expansion that could bring one of the most toxic industries to our state. Buckingham County is potentially ground zero. [ Read More ]

Protecting our democracy in the face of violence means holding elected officials accountable

Friday, January 8th, 2021 | Posted by Front Porch Blog | No Comments

Every American and believer in democracy should be repulsed by the violent and seditious acts that occurred in the nation’s capital this week as the people’s elected representatives worked to finalize the lawful outcome of the presidential election. [ Read More ]

The new face of solar energy in Southwest Virginia

Monday, January 4th, 2021 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Southwest Virginia native Matthew McFadden is the new Project Coordinator for an initiative to help advance solar energy in the region. [ Read More ]

Fight like hell for the living: Honoring Kingston coal ash workers

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

Twelve years after the Kingston coal ash spill, hundreds of cleanup workers are sick with lung diseases, blood and brain cancers and other ailments, and families report that as many as 53 workers have died from their exposure to the toxic Kingston coal ash. [ Read More ]

Fighting for equitable land access in Southwest Virginia

Friday, December 11th, 2020 | Posted by Austin Counts | No Comments

Large, out-of-state companies often hold huge tracts of land in Southwest Virginia and across the region for its perceived coal or timber potential — making it difficult for nearby communities to use the land themselves. [ Read More ]

Energy democracy in Virginia: Utopia or a real possibility?

Thursday, December 10th, 2020 | Posted by Emily Piontek | No Comments

Energy democracy is taking shape in Virginia. Join our statewide workgroup and add your voice to the call for a clean, equitable energy system. [ Read More ]

In gratitude to Appalachian Voices’ outgoing and incoming board chairs

Monday, December 7th, 2020 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

During this season of gratitude, we thank James "Kim" Gilliam for his six years of excellent leadership as Appalachian Voices Board Chair, and welcome new Board Chair Tracey Wright to her role. Read on to learn more about Tracey and Kim. [ Read More ]

Stake a claim in your electric co-op!

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 | Posted by Emily Piontek | No Comments

The 2020 election season is over. But wait, there's more! Next year in Virginia, you have the opportunity to run for your local electric co-op board. [ Read More ]



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