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

Promoting equity in the transition to clean energy

Friday, June 26th, 2020 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

A new report examines the economic, social and health disparities associated with energy development, and highlights promising points of intervention to reduce inequities in the transition to clean energy. [ Read More ]

The Supreme Court rules, but ACP fight far from over

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline still lacks more than half a dozen key permits and faces fierce policy and economic headwinds. The fight to stop it is far from over. [ Read More ]

Restoring Appalachia through outdoor recreation

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition held a webinar in May in which regional organizations including Appalachian Voices spoke on innovative mine reclamation work being done to turn coal-impacted lands into outdoor recreation hot spots. [ 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 ]

Belong to an electric co-op? Your vote is needed!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 | Posted by Emily Piontek | No Comments

Most rural folks rely on electric co-ops for their power, and as "member-owners," they vote on board members who decide everything from rates to whether clean energy is part of their energy source. [ Read More ]

Delays, pollution and financial hurdles plague Blackjewel mines

Monday, May 18th, 2020 | Posted by Matt Hepler | No Comments

Recent developments in the Blackjewel bankruptcy case raise more doubts about whether the serious reclamation problems at many of its coal sites will be properly addressed anytime soon. [ Read More ]

It’s high time to abandon ship on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

Try as they might, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy have never been able to justify the tremendous environmental and social costs of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline — nor the project’s economic burden on customers. As they meet with shareholders this week, they should abandon ship on this boondoggle. [ Read More ]

Coal miners call on Congress for support amidst dual threats from black lung and COVID-19

Monday, April 27th, 2020 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

The coal industry is trying to exploit the coronavirus pandemic for a tax break at the expense of healthcare and disability benefits for miners with black lung, but miners are pushing back. [ Read More ]

Va governor signs pipeline bill that protects consumers

Friday, April 24th, 2020 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

A new law in Virginia protects electricity customers from paying for unnecessary natural gas pipelines; it could have impact on the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline. [ Read More ]

What do Virginia’s new energy laws mean for the coalfields

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

New energy laws in Virginia provide significant opportunity for solar development in the state's historic coalfields, but not enough direct support for communities hit by the clean energy transition. [ 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 ]

Bond-forfeited Virginia Blackjewel mines may finally have a buyer

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Three Virginia strip mines, neglected in the wake of the Blackjewel bankruptcy, may finally have a buyer. But it remains to be seen if the new company would be able to reclaim the land. [ Read More ]