Energy Report

A bimonthly digest of regional energy news

Utilities Face Legal Challenges in Ongoing Coal Ash Cleanup

June 15, 2017 Duke Energy and Dominion Energy, both energy utilities, face legal challenges as they struggle to cut costs while meeting their requirements to clean up their coal ash ponds. And new regulations in Kentucky worry some.

Water Quality Permits and the Pipelines

June 15, 2017 On May 24, Virginia’s state environmental regulatory agency conceded that information it had provided about how it would evaluate the potential water quality impact of two natural gas pipelines was inaccurate.

Empower Kentucky Plan Would Create Jobs, Boost Energy Efficiency

June 15, 2017 A new plan by Kentuckians For The Commonwealth sets a path for the state to reduce its carbon footprint, increase social justice, create jobs and boost the economy.

Coal Plant Waste Standards Put on Hold by EPA and Other Shorts

June 14, 2017 The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has stalled regulations that would prevent water pollution from coal power plants, a new study finds a link between natural gas fracking and increased infant mortality, and new drilling activities for the Rover Pipeline were put on hold after a massive spill into Ohio wetlands.

Virginia Takes Lead in Efforts to Reduce Carbon

June 14, 2017 Gov. Terry McAuliffe has directed the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to begin developing a plan to reduce the carbon emissions from the state's electricity sector.

Regional Utilities Don’t Plan to Return to Coal

June 14, 2017 Despite promises made by President Donald Trump to revive the coal industry, CEOs from the region's largest utilities have stated that they don't intend to return to burning coal to make electricity.

Citizens Fight New Mines and Mining Problems in West Virginia

June 14, 2017 Citizens continue to fight mountaintop removal mining happening in West Virginia. As the state's Surface Mine Board continues to issue new permits, watchdog groups remain vigilant in monitoring for environmental violations.

Coal Ash Storage and Cleanup Problems Continue Across the Southeast

April 12, 2017 Across the Southeast, problems related to the cleanup and storage of coal ash continue to plague area residents.

Reversing Climate Change Policies

April 12, 2017 President Trump signed an executive order reversing much of the progress President Obama made towards addressing the realities of climate change. The order calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to overturn the Clean Power Plan, but it will do little to revive the struggling coal industry.

Mine Safety, Water Quality Targeted in West Virginia Bills

April 12, 2017 Bills before the West Virginia legislature threaten to diminish mine safety and water quality protections. The measures were proposed by industry groups.

Solar Jobs on the Rise

April 12, 2017 By Elizabeth E. Payne In 2016, a record number of jobs were created to make, sell and install solar panels across the United States, according to a new report by The Solar Foundation. There were 260,077 jobs in the solar

Retired Miners Face Possible Loss of Benefits

April 12, 2017 Retired coal miners face possible loss of benefits, a Duke University study reveals coal ash byproducts in area fish, The U.S. State Department approves the Keystone XL pipeline and other shorts from The Energy Report.

VA County Bans Fracking, Maryland Close Behind

April 12, 2017 Augusta County, Va., became the first county in the commonwealth to ban fracking, and the state of Maryland is close behind.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Environmental Review Underway

February 10, 2017 Environmental and community groups have raised concerns about the the federal draft environmental review of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The public comment period is open until April 6, 2017.

Delay in Mountain Valley Pipeline

February 10, 2017 The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Mountain Valley Pipeline has been delayed indefinitely, but the Trump administration expedited action on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.