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


North Carolina’s Carbon Plan: Planned gas expansion is unnecessary and harmful

Friday, February 10th, 2023 | Posted by Maddy Koch | No Comments

The argument for methane gas relies heavily on outdated models that inflate the cost-effectiveness of the fuel. Replacing coal with renewable energy is now cheaper than replacing coal with continued fossil fuel use. [ Read More ]

North Carolina’s Carbon Plan: What the utilities commission got wrong

Wednesday, February 8th, 2023 | Posted by Maddy Koch | No Comments

While many organizations, including Appalachian Voices, released initial statements when the Carbon Plan was finalized, there is a lot to unpack in the 137-page document. Specifically, its release is riding on the coattails of Duke Energy’s proposed rate increases and rolling blackouts due to the failures of fossil fuels. [ 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 ]

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 ]

North Carolina needs a statewide People’s Energy Plan

Thursday, September 1st, 2022 | Posted by Maddy Koch | No Comments

Appalachian Voices, along with many others, is speaking up about the state’s Carbon Plan and the needs of North Carolinians as we transition to a clean energy future. [ Read More ]

The North Carolina People’s Energy Plan

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 | Posted by Maddy Koch | 3 Comments

The North Carolina People's Energy Plan seeks a cleaner, more affordable, more just energy system for the state. [ Read More ]



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