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



Virginians’ electric bills could shrink under Clean Power Plan

Monday, July 20th, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

A report by Public Citizen’s Climate Program details how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's soon-to-be finalized standards on carbon pollution could lower Virginians' power bills. The strategy for achieving this benefit is simple: invest in cost-effective energy efficiency programs first. [ Read More ]


A time of transition: APCo’s latest Virginia generation plan

Monday, July 6th, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | 2 Comments

It’s like Christmas in July, at least for those of us who get excited about energy news. On Wednesday Virginia’s utilities released their long-term plans to meet demand. Here we unwrap that bright shiny package for a look at what Appalachian Power is pursuing between now and 2029. [ Read More ]


A summer of clean energy progress ahead in Virginia

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | 2 Comments

solarize2015Summer is upon us, which means a season of hot sun, blockbusters at the movies, and developments at the state and federal levels that could spell significant progress toward a clean energy system. Here are snapshots of a few of the policies and programs we're watching in Virginia. [ Read More ]


Residents in Mountain Valley path pipe up at hearing

Thursday, May 7th, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

Turnout was tremendous at the first of two public hearings where Virginians had a chance to share their stories and environmental concerns about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline with federal energy regulators. [ Read More ]


Yes, Virginia, there was a silver lining to the General Assembly

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

1506880_545692232232755_7519825862257630233_nFor Appalachian Voices and our partners, it was a mostly defensive game this year in the Virginia legislature as we fought a slew of bad bills by industry-backed and climate-denying politicians. We succeeded in squelching the worst of them, but a lot of policy that could have moved the commonwealth toward cleaner energy and a stronger economy fell by the wayside. There’s always next year…. [ Read More ]


Virginia lawmakers act on energy bills

Monday, February 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

As the Virginia General Assembly enters the final days of its 2015 session, we can look back on five action-packed weeks. Among the many issues our lawmakers labored over, a few — including changes to state energy policy — were explosive enough to consistently make headlines. Here’s a recap of the drama, along with a few important policies that received less fanfare. [ Read More ]


Update from the Virginia General Assembly

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | 2 Comments

Richmond_Virginia_CapitolVirginia’s legislative session may be brief, but many bills with major implications for our future energy mix have already been acted on. Two weeks into this year’s session, here is a look at where our top issues stand. [ Read More ]


Top five energy bills in Virginia (at the moment)

Monday, January 19th, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | 1 Comment

15644593947_2b89db5afc_z The Virginia General Assembly started last Wednesday, and the stage is set for an interesting couple of months while legislators tussle over a slew of energy bills--some good, and some very, very bad. Here's the rundown... [ Read More ]


A schizoid rate case and a climate directive in Virginia

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

A recent order from the Virginia State Corporation Commission could spell trouble for residential and small-scale solar in the state. But there is also reason to have hope as regulators rejected a proposal by Appalachian Power Company to nearly double the fixed fees that show up on its customers' monthly bills. Here's a look at a schizoid rate case and what it could mean for Virginia's energy future. [ Read More ]


Virginia utilities expand their menus with new energy-saving offerings

Monday, December 1st, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

EENPODAdvocates for energy efficiency often call it “the first fuel,” and Virginia is now creeping ahead toward gains in this lowest-cost power source. The state's largest utilities are promoting new programs to help their customers invest in energy-saving home improvements, which can help Virginians save money while reducing energy consumption and pollution. [ Read More ]


We won’t stop until we’ve won in Virginia

Friday, November 21st, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | 1 Comment

Virginia Sierra ClubDespite last week's legislative hearing on the Clean Power Plan in Richmond being stacked with pro-industry speakers, the legislators could not fail to notice just how many Virginians took the time to be there to watch and listen, and how passionately they care about shifting to clean energy. [ Read More ]


Appalachian Power’s solar customers rise and shine for clean energy

Friday, October 24th, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

IMG_6454No one is more vocal about the need for Appalachian Power Company to invest in solar than those who already have: customers with their own solar arrays. But Virginians who produce their own energy are just part of a larger group of APCo customers demanding their utility expand its energy efficiency programs, encourage residential solar and take advantage of other opportunities to increase clean energy. [ Read More ]