A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

A bimonthly digest of regional energy news



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.


Slight Uptick in 2017 Coal Production and Jobs

Increased coal exports contributed to minor gains in the industry for the first three quarters of 2017.


Underground Gas Liquids Storage Facility Clears Hurdle

The Appalachia Storage and Trading Hub, which would store natural gas liquids, cleared the first of two application phases for a $1.9 billion loan from the U.S. Department of Energy.


Trump Announces Tariffs on Solar Panels

President Trump imposed a four-year, 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels, in a move widely criticized by solar industry professionals.


TVA Blows Off Wind Project

The Tennessee Valley Authority backed away from a project that would have transmitted wind-generated energy from Oklahoma and Texas into the Southeast.


Kingston Coal Plant Awaits New Wastewater Permit

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is considering a draft wastewater permit for the Kingston Fossil Plant that wouldn't enforce federal guidelines on pollutants until 2023.


Pipelines Clear Hurdles, Face Resistance

While the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines have obtained approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, they still face widespread opposition.


Chinese Company Signs 20-Year West Virginia Gas Deal

China Energy Investment Corp., Ltd., signed a 20-year, $83.7 billion deal to invest in shale gas and chemical manufacturing in West Virginia, raising questions about long-term implications.


Courts Confirm Citizen Rights to Inspect Mines

A federal district court in Virginia confirmed that citizens have the right to accompany mine inspections under federal and state law.