Energy Report

A bimonthly digest of regional energy news

Electric Rate Reform Pits Utilities Against Consumer, Clean Energy Advocates

February 15, 2018 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

February 15, 2018 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

February 15, 2018 Duke Energy agreed to pay for multiple leakages from coal ash impoundments at three of its power plants.

FERC Rejects Coal, Nuclear Subsidies

February 15, 2018 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

February 15, 2018 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

February 15, 2018 Increased coal exports contributed to minor gains in the industry for the first three quarters of 2017.

Underground Gas Liquids Storage Facility Clears Hurdle

February 15, 2018 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

February 15, 2018 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

February 15, 2018 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

February 15, 2018 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

December 6, 2017 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

December 5, 2017 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

December 5, 2017 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

December 5, 2017 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

December 5, 2017 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.