A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

A bimonthly digest of regional energy news



Hurricane Highlights Coal Ash Risks

September's Hurricane Florence breached two of Duke Energy's coal ash and wastewater impoundments.


States Seek Mine-Related Debts from WV Governor

Virginia and Kentucky regulators are seeking to hold West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice accountable for his companies' failure to meet mine land reclamation deadlines.


EPA Proposes Loosening Methane Emission Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal would undermine Obama-era regulations aimed at preventing methane leaks.


Trump EPA Seeks to Weaken Power Plant Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the new power plant rules would result in more pollution and up to 1,400 more premature deaths each year by 2030.


Virginia Approves Dominion Solar Pilot Program

Dominion Energy's pilot program will allow ratepayers to to receive all or part of their electricity from Virginia solar farms for an additional cost.


Energy Report News Bites

A Virginia town approved two new solar projects, studies found that the minimum safe distance from frack sites should be a quarter-mile and that the amount of water used for fracking has drastically increased, and the West Virginia Coal Association is asking for a tax cut.


Rural Residents Face Greater Energy Costs than National Average

A new report found that rural households spend much more on energy costs than urban households and that some groups such as renters, elderly residents and non-white residents are hit particularly hard.


Blair Mountain Returns to National Register of Historic Places

The site of West Virginia's Blair Mountain labor conflict between coal miners and law enforcement was placed back on the National Register of Historic Places after a federal judge ruled its delisting to be unlawful.


Black Lung Disease Surges as Support for Miners Dwindles

A recent study shows that black lung disease in Appalachian coal miners is at a 25-year high — but federal taxes on coal companies that help compensate affected miners are set to expire next year.


EPA Rolls Back Coal Ash Protections

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established new rules for the disposal and storage of toxic coal ash, replacing environmental safeguards put forth by the Obama Administration.


TVA Eliminating Energy Efficiency Rebates

Funds for the Tennessee Valley Authority's eScore, which offered rebates to customers who installed energy efficiency upgrades, will be redirected to programs assisting low-income families in Nashville and Memphis.


N.C. Solar Developers Lose Challenge to Duke

The North Carolina Utilities Commission denied requests to review conditions for battery storage Duke Energy inserted into power-purchase agreements for 680 megawatts of new solar projects.


The Cost of Trump’s Coal & Nuclear Bailout

A study found that the Trump Administration's draft proposal to subsidize floundering coal and nuclear plants for two years could cost between $9.7 billion and $17.2 billion per year.


N.C. Slashes Duke Energy Carolinas Rate Hike

North Carolina regulators denied Duke Energy Carolinas’ request to enact a 13.6 percent overall rate hike, instead approving a 0.3 percent increase for residential customers for four years before rates rise.


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.