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

Time’s up for the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

More than 43,000 people agree — regulators need to reject MVP's request for a deadline extension. [ Read More ]

Pushing back on Appalachian Power’s unfair solar restrictions for schools and governments

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Appalachian Power Company is blocking local schools and municipal governments from installing solar. But these public entities have the opportunity to strike a better deal during upcoming contract negotiations with the obstructionist utility. [ Read More ]

Duke Energy’s sham plan for net-zero carbon

Friday, August 28th, 2020 | Posted by Matt Wasson | No Comments

Duke Energy's failure to move quickly to clean energy would worsen global warming, put the public’s health at risk, and hurt North Carolina families and businesses. [ Read More ]

Groups sue TVA over never-ending contracts

Monday, August 24th, 2020 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

Appalachian Voices has joined three other organizations in a lawsuit that challenges the Tennessee Valley Authority’s long-term contracts with local power companies. These perpetual contracts undermine the local power companies’ bargaining power to negotiate for cleaner, cheaper electricity. [ Read More ]

Covid’s impact on coal sharpens the pandemic’s economic hardships

Friday, August 21st, 2020 | Posted by Matt Hepler | No Comments

Even before the pandemic, a growing number of coal companies were declaring bankruptcy — and now the decades-long decline of coal is in a nosedive. This will leave already-shortchanged coalfield communities even less money to deal with decades of damage to people's health and the environment. [ Read More ]

Utility affordability in the time of Coronavirus

Friday, August 14th, 2020 | Posted by Emily Piontek | No Comments

Equitable access to affordable water and energy services -- fundamental to human well-being and public health -- has been a significant though largely unseen problem for decades. Then Covid struck. [ Read More ]

NC pipeline permit for MVP Southgate denied!

Thursday, August 13th, 2020 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality denied a water quality permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate extension on the grounds that the MVP mainline is not yet completed. [ Read More ]

Energy Democracy for Appalachian Power: New workshops scheduled!

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 | Posted by Emily Piontek | No Comments

Our (virtual) summer series in Virginia is going strong! We’re happy to announce two upcoming workshops about Energy Democracy and Appalachian Power. [ Read More ]

Charting paths forward for coal communities

Saturday, August 8th, 2020 | Posted by Thom Kay | No Comments

For communities that depended on coal, the pandemic is exacerbating an already-urgent set of interlocking problems. Two regional coalitions have released plans to chart a brighter future for communities hit hardest by the changing coal economy. [ Read More ]

A win for solar! FERC protects net-metering

Monday, July 20th, 2020 | Posted by Emily Piontek | No Comments

Thanks to input from our supporters and beyond, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dismissed a petition that would have made solar net-metering illegal. [ Read More ]

It’s the Senate’s turn to pass the RECLAIM Act

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Advocates for mine cleanup and economic development in Appalachia are calling on the U.S. Senate to pass the RECLAIM Act and AML Reauthorization after the two bills passed the U.S. House in early July. [ Read More ]

VICTORY! The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is cancelled!

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

In a historic win for environmental justice, the 600-mile, massive fracked-gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline project has been cancelled. [ Read More ]