A bimonthly digest of regional energy news
The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to add between four and nine gigawatts of solar power over the next 20 years, and voted to close two old coal-fired power plants in February.
The proposed 545-acre strip mine in Ohio would encompass 12 percent of the state forest and would be managed by the former CEO of a coal company that covered up water quality violations.
In February, a federal judge allowed Westmoreland Coal Company to terminate benefits for current and retired coal miners.
Residents of Harlan County, Ky., are seeking to ban surface mining on 10,000 acres of land near the towns of Benham and Lynch.
Environmental groups are calling on Virginia regulators to strengthen coal mining rules by making it easier for citizens who file complaints to be involved in site inspections, strengthening bonding requirements and more.
Gov. Jim Justice signed bills dropping a tax on coal from 5 to 3 percent over the next three years and granting a 35 percent tax credit to coal companies buying new equipment for new or expanded mining operations.
Fracking company Antero Resources was ordered to pay $3.15 million for state and federal water pollution violations and to undertake an estimated $8 million cleanup.
Gov. Roy Cooper's proposed budget for 2019 to 2021 includes $300,000 for a study to determine the state's feasibility for offshore wind energy.
A water utility and a local conservation group in Birmingham, Ala., are fighting against a proposed strip mine 5.5 miles upstream of the city's primary drinking water intakes.
Eight states alongside environmental groups are suing the federal government for its 2017 ruling that allows the incidental killing of migratory birds.
A total of 110,000 net new clean energy jobs were added in the United States in 2018, a growth rate of 3.6 percent.
Filers of the petition argue that future surface coal mining near Benham and Lynch, Ky., would harm residents' health and enjoyment of the area, as well as the towns' historic character and attempts to attract tourism.
A tax on coal companies funding benefits for former miners with black lung disease was halved at the first of the year.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is changing the way it calculates the benefits of reducing mercury and air pollution emissions from coal-fired power plants, which advocates fear could lead to looser pollution limits in the future.
Ohio issued an air permit for a petrochemical plant in Belmont County as construction continues on Royal Dutch Shell's ethane cracker in western Pennsylvania.