A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

A bimonthly digest of regional energy news



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.


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.