A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

A bimonthly digest of regional energy news



Tennessee Valley Authority Changes Rate Structure, Adds New Charge

TVA reduced wholesale power rates but added a new grid access charge, which could disproportionately affect low-income families and small businesses.


Solar Advocates Lose N.C. Court Case

In May, the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld a Duke Energy-backed ruling that nonprofit group NC WARN violated the law by installing solar panels on and selling power to a Greensboro church.


New Studies Document Rise of Black Lung Disease

Researchers identified over 4,000 cases of severe black lung disease over the past 50 years, with more than half occurring in the last 16 years.


Virginia Uranium Mining Ban Goes to Supreme Court

In May, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear a case regarding mining companies' attempt to overturn Virginia's ban on uranium mining.


Coal Company Loses Road Waiver Request in Ohio

A county judge in Ohio upheld a decision to deny a request from Oxford Mining Company, LLC, to mine coal alongside a public road.


Duke U Delays Gas Plant, Considers Hog Waste

Duke University indefinitely delayed construction of a plant that would have run on natural gas and is exploring biogas captured from hog farm waste.


Anti-Solar Bill Stalls in Kentucky Legislature

The Kentucky legislature declined to pass a bill that would have allowed the state and potentially utilities to set new rate structures that could have threatened the expansion of residential solar.


TVA Proposes Fixed Cost Increases

The Tennessee Valley Authority has proposed a revised rate structure that would increase fixed costs to consumers and potentially make it more difficult to install residential rooftop solar panels.


EPA Proposes Major Changes to Federal Coal Ash Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed rolling back federal regulations on how utilities store coal ash, a toxic byproduct from coal-fired power plants.


Review of Mountaintop Removal’s Health Impact Terminated

The Trump administration officially ended a federal study that would have reviewed the human health impacts of living near mountaintop removal coal mining.


Duke Energy Raises Electricity Rates

The North Carolina Utilities Commission allowed Duke Energy subsidiary Duke Energy Progress to raise its customers' utility bills in part to pay for state-mandated coal ash cleanup.


Mine Violations Continue in Raleigh County, WV

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued a notice of violation to the operators of Collins Fork Surface Mine in February.


Tennessee Bill Would Change Mining Oversight

A bill that would change Tennessee's status as the only active coal mining state that does not have state control of coal mine permitting and oversight has passed the state house and senate.


Virginia Law Grants Large Utilities Less Regulation

Massive changes in Virginia's energy policy were signed into law last month, with many legislators crying foul.


Neely's Creek Mine Permit Up for Renewal

The permit renewal for Neely's Creek Mine near Somerset, Ky., is being contested by a local environmental group.