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


Support shown for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative with a “march backwards”

Wednesday, July 20th, 2022 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Rallygoers in Richmond opposed Gov. Glenn Youngkin's efforts to remove Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. [ Read More ]

From the Rockies to Appalachia: Virginia can look to Colorado for electric co-op reform

Thursday, October 14th, 2021 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Undemocratic governance at Virginia's electric cooperatives is a serious issue that has left co-op members across the state frustrated and ready for reform. Closed-door board meetings and unfair voting practices are two of the issues members hope to change in 2022. [ Read More ]

Miners with black lung call on Congress to protect benefits

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In an August webinar, advocates and representatives of the Black Lung Association discussed the critical importance for the passage of a permanent 25% increase to the Black Lung Excise Tax on coal companies. [ Read More ]

Utility disconnection protections: Let’s make it permanent

Monday, August 30th, 2021 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Shutting off electricity and other vital utilities of families who can't afford their bills is unjust. During a pandemic, it's barbaric. Appalachian Voices offers solutions. [ Read More ]

Highlights from the Energy Democracy in Action webinar series

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Advocates from across the country shared stories of how they gained control over how and where their power is produced during the first two webinars of the three-part Energy Democracy In Action series. Read the highlights and register for the third webinar. [ Read More ]

A new wave of abandoned coal mines?

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

As coal collapses, the industry is leaving behind thousands of acres of mined lands in various states of environmental destruction. A new report seeks to understand the scope of the problem and outline potential solutions. [ Read More ]

Communities call out Duke Energy’s harmful impacts

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

People from states served by Duke Energy recently testified before the newly formed, independent People's Commission that the utility's record on coal ash, electric rates and other issues is harming communities. [ Read More ]

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 ]

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 movement towards High Country energy democracy

Thursday, March 19th, 2020 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

More than 150 people gathered in February to discuss what their local energy utilities should be doing to address the climate crisis and create renewable energy jobs in the NC High Country. Transparency from our utilities and participation in decision-making is even more important as we face the current pandemic. [ Read More ]

Saving Appalachian streams for crayfish and communities

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Two imperiled crayfish will have more protected habitat in Appalachian streams if a plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is approved. The agency is taking public comment now. [ Read More ]

Dante: A beacon of hope for Southwest Virginia

Friday, October 25th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

The small community of Dante is bringing big dreams into action. Appalachian Voices volunteer Sara Lamb shares highlights of the Dante Community Association's work and reflects on what this progress means for Southwest Virginia. [ Read More ]



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