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

Rural communities won billions of dollars to fund renewable energy

Friday, January 13th, 2023 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

Last year, rural advocates won big in the Inflation Reduction Act by securing billions of dollars for rural communities to implement clean energy. Now, the USDA Rural Utilities Service is asking for input on how to set up and roll out these funding programs. [ Read More ]

Virginia legislators must take utility shutoff protections seriously this winter

Tuesday, January 10th, 2023 | Posted by Emily Piontek | No Comments

Virginia is one of only seven states that doesn’t protect residents from getting their power or water shut off over unpaid bills during extreme weather. State legislators aim to change that in the 2023 General Assembly session. [ Read More ]

Guest blog: Electric co-ops need to remember the importance of affordability for their members

Saturday, January 7th, 2023 | Posted by Maddy Koch | No Comments

Blue Ridge Energy has a co-op principle on their website that states, “Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.” I don’t know about you, but I have never been asked to help set policy or make decisions regarding my energy that I am paying for. [ Read More ]

Creating community-informed economies in the coalfields

Thursday, January 5th, 2023 | Posted by Emma Kelly | No Comments

The listening session process raises the exciting possibility of building new communal systems that support the workforce and create equitable opportunities for Southwest Virginians. [ Read More ]

For Appalachian communities, the 117th Congress brought significant victories, but work remains

Wednesday, January 4th, 2023 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

As the new Congress begins, we at Appalachian Voices are taking stock of the many victories achieved in the 117th Congress that just came to a close. [ Read More ]

Power outages and rolling blackouts hit Appalachia and the Southeast during winter storm

Saturday, December 24th, 2022 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

During this weekend’s unusually low temperatures, people whose power is produced by the Tennessee Valley Authority and Duke Energy have experienced coordinated, rolling electricity blackouts to reduce electricity demand and prevent major grid outages that could take days or weeks to restore. [ Read More ]

Crowded lame duck session in D.C. brings dangers and opportunities for Appalachian communities

Thursday, December 8th, 2022 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

With just a few weeks remaining in this session of Congress, we're fighting one alarming bill, working to pass two positive measures, and urging the Senate to confirm key appointments. Our Legislative Director Chelsea Barnes shares what's happening on Capitol Hill. [ Read More ]

New Virginia task force to host listening sessions and support community engagement

Friday, December 2nd, 2022 | Posted by Robert Kell | No Comments

A state agency is taking the exciting step of holding listening sessions in Southwest Virginia to solicit local input on how the commonwealth can support the region's economic future. [ Read More ]

North Carolina Utilities Commission should make the right decision on Duke’s Carbon Plan

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

Why do legislators and those who blindly accept Duke’s promises act surprised when vague commitments around affordability result in ratepayers getting the short end of the stick? Why do they feign surprise when Duke Energy suggests missing a timeline they set for themselves? Why do they pretend to be shocked when years of advocacy and “compromise” result in a utility cherry-picking what they want, robbing Peter to pay Paul. [ Read More ]

Monitoring air quality across Appalachia

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022 | Posted by The Appalachian Voice | 2 Comments

After a decade of focusing on water pollution from coal mining, Appalachian Voices’ coal impacts team is embarking on an ambitious project to monitor air pollution in communities impacted by coal mining and other fossil fuel infrastructure, and in other communities where air quality is an environmental justice concern. [ Read More ]

The choice for North Carolina’s energy future: high rates or renewable energy?

Friday, November 4th, 2022 | Posted by Maddy Koch | No Comments

I live in Duke Energy Progress territory, covering the eastern part of North Carolina and South Carolina along with a little patch in western North Carolina including Buncombe County. Soon, Duke Energy Progress plans to raise our rates, and I’m not sure it's justified. [ Read More ]

Pictures don’t do it justice, and neither would a pipeline

Tuesday, November 1st, 2022 | Posted by Angie Mummaw | No Comments

All of the abundant natural beauty and wildlife we observed could be threatened if gas giant Kinder Morgan has its way. [ Read More ]



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