A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

A bimonthly digest of regional energy news



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.


EPA Dismisses Coal Ash Civil Rights Case

A civil rights case brought by Uniontown, Ala., residents who argued that their health problems were caused by TVA coal ash dumped at a nearby landfill was dismissed.


Kentucky Legislators Split Over Solar

A Kentucky net-metering bill that would allow the state to decide how much money residents with rooftop solar earn from the surplus power they produce narrowly passed the state House in March.


Electric Rate Reform Pits Utilities Against Consumer, Clean Energy Advocates

Electric utilities across the Southeast are proposing a variety of rate reforms that could raise utility bills and deter energy efficiency across the region.


Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines Struggle to Get Underway

While preliminary tree felling has been approved for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, the projects are still being met with staunch resistance from activists and lawmakers alike.


Deal Reached Over Seeping Coal Ash Ponds in NC

Duke Energy agreed to pay for multiple leakages from coal ash impoundments at three of its power plants.


FERC Rejects Coal, Nuclear Subsidies

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously voted to reject U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry's plan to subsidize struggling coal and nuclear plants.


Coal Mine Deaths Rise in 2017, Agency to Reconsider Black Lung Rule

Coal mining fatalities are nearly double what they were last year, and the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration announced it would revisit a rule intended to protect miners from black lung disease.