A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

A bimonthly digest of regional energy news



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.


New N.C. Policies Threaten Solar Investments

A new rule ordered by the North Carolina Utilities Commission has garnered praise from Duke Energy, while solar advocates fear it may harm the economic viability of solar projects.


Duke Energy, Professors Collaborate in “Independent” Studies

An investigation by WBTV unveiled possible collusion between Duke Energy and two University of North Carolina at Charlotte professors studying the impact of Duke's coal ash ponds.


Federal Agency Approves Dam Projects Over Objections

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued licenses for two West Virginia hydropower projects in September despite concerns from the state's Department of Environmental Protection.


Construction Halted on Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

Environmental groups and an order of nuns are challenging the controversial pipeline in Pennsylvania.


Federal Grant Seeks to Extract Elements from Coal Byproducts

University researchers were awarded $6 million to expand a project focused on extracting rare earth elements from coal byproducts.


Opposition to Proposed Tennessee Mountaintop Removal Mine

Kopper Glo Mining is seeking a second permit to release pollution from its nearly 1,500-acre proposed Claiborne County, Tenn., strip mine into public waterways. Attendees at a public hearing voiced a number of concerns.


Pipelines Face Continued Challenges

Citizen and environmental groups continue to challenge the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline as the companies behind the pipelines push for rushed decisions.