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



Pushing back on Appalachian Power’s unfair solar restrictions for schools and governments

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Appalachian Power Company is blocking local schools and municipal governments from installing solar. But these public entities have the opportunity to strike a better deal during upcoming contract negotiations with the obstructionist utility. [ Read More ]


It’s the Senate’s turn to pass the RECLAIM Act

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Advocates for mine cleanup and economic development in Appalachia are calling on the U.S. Senate to pass the RECLAIM Act and AML Reauthorization after the two bills passed the U.S. House in early July. [ 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 ]


A policymaker’s guide to fostering community solar development

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Pro-solar policy is crucial to bringing clean, renewable energy to Southwest Virginia and Appalachia as a whole. [ Read More ]


Old Dominion Power rate proposal would harm Southwest Virginia communities

Monday, August 19th, 2019 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Old Dominion Power is seeking a massive rate increase, which would increase average residential electricity bills by nearly $29 per month and make it more difficult for Southwest Virginia businesses and residents to access solar power. Now is your chance to speak up! [ Read More ]


Southwest Virginia takes powerful steps to advance solar energy

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

A big week for solar energy in Southwest Virginia includes celebrating eight communities for their advancements in solar and the announcement of a substantial grant to build a big solar project on a former mine site. [ Read More ]


Solar in Southwest Virginia recognized in national competition

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia was recently awarded a "Solar Discovery" prize for identifying solar projects in Virginia's coalfield counties that would create jobs and benefit local communities. [ Read More ]


High prices for dirty fuels in Southwest Virginia

Thursday, May 16th, 2019 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Old Dominion Power wants to charge residents more for increasingly expensive fossil fuels, when renewable energy offers a lower-cost alternative. Join us at the State Corporation Commission's public hearing in Norton, Va., on May 23! [ Read More ]


Coalition explores innovative mine reclamation solutions in West Virginia

Friday, March 15th, 2019 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Members of the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition visited an abandoned mine in Mingo County, W.Va., slated to become the site of a solar-powered aquaponics agriculture facility. [ Read More ]