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


Hydrogen gas — what’s all the hype about?

Friday, May 5th, 2023 | Posted by Emily Piontek | 1 Comment

Hydrogen gas as an energy source in Central Appalachia is a real possibility, so we’re unpacking this technology and exploring its potential impact on the health of communities and ecosystems in our region. [ Read More ]

Governor Youngkin, have you heard? Virginians love RGGI!

Friday, April 28th, 2023 | Posted by Emily Piontek | 13 Comments

Virginians speak up about Gov. Glenn Youngkin's proposal to exit the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGG limits carbon pollution from power plants at the lowest possible cost while funneling millions of dollars into at-risk communities. [ Read More ]

Virginia legislators must take utility shutoff protections seriously this winter

Tuesday, January 10th, 2023 | Posted by Emily Piontek | 10 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 ]

Planning ahead for a bright future in Virginia

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022 | Posted by Emily Piontek | 1 Comment

Solar is essential to meeting urgent emissions reduction goals, but concerns about smart land use and the community and environmental impacts of large-scale solar don't have easy answers. [ Read More ]

Pushing for democracy in electric co-ops

Saturday, June 5th, 2021 | Posted by Emily Piontek | No Comments

Communities in Appalachia are starting to make progress reforming their electric co-ops to be more democratic and transparent in their governance. [ 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 ]

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 ]

Dominion holding out on struggling families

Thursday, October 8th, 2020 | Posted by Emily Piontek | No Comments

Virginia lawmakers must take this opportunity, now, to compel Dominion Energy to forgive debt of families and businesses struggling from the Covid-economic crisis. [ 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

A shady, dangerous attack on clean energy

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 | Posted by Emily Piontek | No Comments

In a major threat to clean energy advances across the U.S., a special interest group wants federal regulators to change the rules for solar owners -- in a bad way. [ Read More ]



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