Energy Report

A bimonthly digest of regional energy news

Pattern of Violations at Alpha’s Middle Ridge Mine

October 11, 2017 West Virginia ordered a subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources to "show cause" for why it should be allowed to continue operating Middle Ridge Mine after incurring seven violations since July 2016.

Trump Administration Delays Water Safety Rule

October 11, 2017 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in September that it would postpone portions of a 2015 rule that established limits on wastewater pollution from coal-fired power plants.

FirstEnergy and Murray Energy Face Bankruptcy

October 11, 2017 Murray Energy could go bankrupt by the end of 2017 if the federal government does not intervene to save FirstEnergy, one of Murray's main customers, from bankruptcy.

Pennsylvania Protects Stream

October 11, 2017 The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board recently rejected a permit for underground longwall mining at the Polen Run stream.

Duke Energy Delays Asheville Plant

October 11, 2017 Duke Energy announced the postponement of a natural gas-fired power plant near Asheville, N.C., from 2023 to 2027.

Problems Persist for Rover and Mariner East 2 Pipelines During Construction

August 22, 2017 Construction of two natural gas pipelines has contaminated wetlands or local drinking water systems. State judges and agencies have halted construction in response.

Virginia and North Carolina Vow Climate Action As U.S. Withdraws from Paris Agreement

August 22, 2017 The governors of North Carolina and Virginia signed a letter agreeing to meet necessary leadership for commitment to Paris Agreement, and Virginia moves forward with plans to limit carbon dioxide emissions.

Opposition to Potential Nuclear Reactors in Tennessee

August 22, 2017 The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking an early permit for modular nuclear reactors in Roane County, Tenn.

Repeal of EPA Methane Rule Denied in Court

August 22, 2017 The Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to suspend a rule that restricts methane leaks related to natural gas infrastructure were denied by an appeals court.

NC Passes Controversial Solar and Wind Law

August 22, 2017 A new North Carolina law faces sharp criticism from some advocates of renewable energy, but others are touting it as a win for the solar industry. The law also implements a moratorium on wind development, but an executive directive from the governor placed limits on that moratorium.

Third Coal Ash Recycling Site Announced in NC

August 22, 2017 Duke Energy plans to follow state law and construct a third coal ash recycling plant in Moncure, N.C.

Energy Report Newsbites

August 22, 2017 Jobs in solar outnumber coal in Virginia; U.S. Dept. of Energy seeks to extract rare earth elements from coal; U.S. Dept. of Interior pans to accelerate drilling for oil and gas on federal lands; Duke Energy withdraws plan to add chemical compounds to coal-fired power plants that would have threatened drinking water.

Utilities Face Legal Challenges in Ongoing Coal Ash Cleanup

June 15, 2017 Duke Energy and Dominion Energy, both energy utilities, face legal challenges as they struggle to cut costs while meeting their requirements to clean up their coal ash ponds. And new regulations in Kentucky worry some.

Water Quality Permits and the Pipelines

June 15, 2017 On May 24, Virginia’s state environmental regulatory agency conceded that information it had provided about how it would evaluate the potential water quality impact of two natural gas pipelines was inaccurate.

Empower Kentucky Plan Would Create Jobs, Boost Energy Efficiency

June 15, 2017 A new plan by Kentuckians For The Commonwealth sets a path for the state to reduce its carbon footprint, increase social justice, create jobs and boost the economy.