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



TVA’s Covid relief fund should be a starting point

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

We've joined dozens of organizations to demand that TVA provide funding for a moratorium on electricity shutoffs in the region and debt relief for families struggling from Covid-related economic hardship. [ 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 ]


Tennessee needs a moratorium on utility shutoffs

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our health and livelihoods, utility shutoffs are hurting residents throughout Tennessee. Call Gov. Bill Lee today to ask him to stop utilities from disconnecting people from vital services during this crisis. [ Read More ]


Re-envisioning public power in the Tennessee Valley

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

The 2019 Tennessee Valley Energy Democracy Tour is a listening project to begin building a grassroots vision for our energy future by asking communities impacted by the Tennessee Valley Authority what they want. [ Read More ]


Tennessee “Energy Democracy Tour” gathers community input

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

The Tennessee Valley Energy Democracy Tour will hold its final stop in Claxton, Tenn., on Oct. 21. At more than 10 tour stops, community members discussed the impacts of TVA's energy system and shared their visions for the future. [ Read More ]


Virginia electric co-ops fight to keep doors closed to members

Monday, December 3rd, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | 2 Comments

Rural electric co-ops were set up as democratic institutions, but have increasingly become unresponsive to their customers, who are also owner-members. In Virginia, members of two co-ops are challenging the status quo. [ Read More ]


Grassroots campaign draws historic crowd to East Tennessee electric co-op’s annual meeting

Friday, September 28th, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

On Sept. 15, more than 1,200 members of Powell Valley Electric Cooperative gathered for the co-op's annual meeting as the group PVEC Member Voices led a grassroots campaign promoting transparency, member involvement and environmental stewardship. [ Read More ]


PVEC member voices need to be heard on Sept. 15

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | No Comments

Powell Valley Electric Cooperative's annual meeting is coming up — and now, more than ever, member voices need to be heard. [ Read More ]


New TVA rate structure likely to harm low-income families

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | 1 Comment

TVA's new "Grid Access Charge" will reduce both local power companies' and end users’ ability to control their monthly energy costs. [ Read 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. [ Read More ]


A conversation about co-ops

Friday, February 2nd, 2018 | Posted by Brianna Knisley | 2 Comments

Electric co-op members in Cumberland Gap learn their rights in a special community forum by our Energy Savings for Appalachia team. [ Read 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. [ Read More ]