A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

A bimonthly digest of regional energy news



Electric Utility News From Around the Region

News updates concerning the Tennessee Valley Authority, Duke Energy, Old Dominion Power, Dominion Energy, and local power companies.


Coal Company Seeks Mine Permit in Tennessee Wildlife Area

Federal regulators have reopened the permit process for a proposed 422-acre mine in Campbell County, Tenn., which was met with objections from environmental groups.


Trump Administration Rolls Back More Environmental Protections

President Donald Trump's administration has made numerous cuts to environmental protections including those for methane emissions, protected waters, light bulb standards, and coal ash storage.


North Carolina and Virginia Announce Clean Energy Goals

The governors of North Carolina and Virginia both announced clean energy goals that include full carbon neutrality in the power generation sector by 2050


Audit Finds Mine Safety Penalties Ineffective

An August 2019 federal audit of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration found that mine safety penalties did not contribute to the overall safety of mining operations.


Kentucky Residential Solar Costs Expected to Rise

A new Kentucky law limiting the tax credit for residential solar net metering will take effect in 2020.


Fracking Waste Leaches into Pennsylvania Waterways

A Public Herald investigation found that Pennsylvania regulators have allowed 14 sewage treatment plants to leak radioactive fracking waste into 13 state waterways.


Study Shows Wood Pellet Electricity Harmful to Climate

An analysis of three Southeast wood pellet mills and the European biomass energy plants they supply found that burning trees for electricity contributes heavily to carbon pollution.


Energy Report Newsbites

A selection of energy news from around the Appalachian region.


Environmental Groups Sue Four Coal and Chemical Facilities

Environmental groups have sued three coal facilities and one chemical plant for the alleged illegal pollution of adjacent waterways.


Blackjewel and Revelation Energy Coal Bankruptcy Raises Concerns for Workers and Mine Cleanup

Two coal company bankruptcies in July resulted in retroactively withdrawn paychecks from coal miners and an unclear future for roughly 13,000 acres of unreclaimed mine land.


Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate Public Comment Period Begins

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will be accepting public comments on the 73-mile fracked-gas pipeline through Sept. 16, 2019.


Miners Take Black Lung Demands to D.C.

Approximately 150 Appalachian coal miners, widows and their loved ones visited Capitol Hill in July to demand that Congress reinstate a tax rate on coal companies for black lung healthcare and benefits.


Southwest Virginia Communities Designated as Solar-friendly

Eight communities in Southwest Virginia achieved designation under the nationwide SolSmart program in July for taking steps to pave the way for solar projects in their municipalities.


Congressional Support for RECLAIM Act Grows

U.S. House of Representatives co-sponsors for the RECLAIM Act grew after a coalition of coal mine reclamation advocates traveled to the nation's capital to express their support for the bill that would accelerate the spending of money in the in the federal abandoned mine cleanup fund.