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Two Pipeline Expansion Projects in Appalachia Indicate a Rush Toward Overbuilding

Two Pipeline Expansion Projects in Appalachia Indicate a Rush Toward Overbuilding

Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines Pose Risk to Ratepayers, Communities, and Investors

We’ve published a report today that concludes that two natural gas pipelines proposed for construction from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina are indicative of a rush toward industry overbuilding. The study, “Risks Associated With Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion Across Appalachia,” examines the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would traverse West Virginia into eastern […]

April 27, 2016 Read More →
Memo- Duke Energy and Costs of Coal Ash Cleanup

Memo- Duke Energy and Costs of Coal Ash Cleanup

Memo on Duke Energy and Costs of Coal Ash Cleanup (pdf)

June 10, 2014 Read More →

More News and Commentary

The Economic Case for Solar, Not the Climate-Change Case, Is Driving Its Uptake Across the Southern U.S.

InsideClimate News: When Brandon Presley was elected to the Mississippi Public Service Commission in 2007, he said, he couldn’t have found a solar farm “with a SWAT team and a search warrant.” A decade later, Mississippi is one of the fastest-growing solar markets in the United States, according to GTM Research. The state’s public service […]

November 6, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: No Place for Partisanship in North Carolina Energy Transition

SoutheastEnergyNews.com: It is the reality of the world in which we live — Republicans and Democrats in the North Carolina General Assembly are often divided on complex social and economic issues. However, over 80 percent of legislation, including energy-related bills, are passed with strong bipartisan support. True, there have been some contentious debates over the […]

September 12, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Atlantic Coast Pipeline Risk Is Being Borne Not by Dominion and Duke, but by Their Customers

IEEFA Update: Atlantic Coast Pipeline Risk Is Being Borne Not by Dominion and Duke, but by Their Customers

Little Potential Corporate Loss on a Superfluous Project

Dominion Resources and Duke Energy say they need to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to meet rapidly growing demand for natural gas. But will the market really grow in the way that these utilities say that it will? The pipeline, announced in 2014 as a joint venture between Dominion, Duke, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL […]

September 8, 2017 Read More →

Business and Community Groups Urge Development of Offshore Wind Projects in North Carolina

Coastal News Online (Newport, N.C.) In the wake of the General Assembly’s recent approval of a moratorium on onshore wind power projects, 50 elected officials, small businesses, community groups and environmental organizations have signed a letter to Gov. Roy Cooper calling on him to embrace offshore wind as a key part of North Carolina’s energy […]

August 10, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Something in the Wind

U.S. Nuclear Industry Reconsiders Expansion; Utility Exec Sees Less Risk in Turbine Farm Than Coal; Keystone XL Doesn’t Pencil Out Anymore

It’s de rigueur anymore for energy companies across the board to play up their clean-energy commitments—actual or just advertised—but executives at American Electric Power put some of their money where their mouths were in announcing intentions last week to invest $4.5 billion in the new Wind Catcher farm in Oklahoma. AEP’s logic is rooted in […]

August 4, 2017 Read More →

Ratepayers, Burned by Abandoned South Carolina Nuclear Project, May Have to Pay Even More for It

Associated Press: The abandonment of two multibillion-dollar reactors that South Carolinians have been funding since 2009 have legislators on Wednesday calling for an overhaul in how utility projects are reviewed. The “catastrophic” end of the project at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station shows the current regulatory process doesn’t adequately protect residents or the state as a […]

August 2, 2017 Read More →

North Carolina Is Open for Solar Business, and the Governor Says Wind Is Next

Bloomberg: North Carolina passed a clean-energy bill Thursday that could spur a wave of new solar projects in the country’s second-biggest solar state — but at the expense of wind. House Bill 589, which Governor Roy Cooper signed Thursday, places a moratorium on new wind development through December 2018. The law creates a competitive bidding […]

July 28, 2017 Read More →

Dominion Energy Makes a Play for Big Renewables Customers in North Carolina and Virginia

Utility Dive: Dominion is moving ahead with development of a clean-energy option for large customers, as it seeks more renewables on its system. In Virginia, the utility wants to reach 15% renewable energy by 2025; in North Carolina, the utility is targeting 12.5% by 2021. The targets would put Dominion on track to meet the […]

July 26, 2017 Read More →

Op-Ed: U.S Offshore Wind Industry’s Foothold in the Northeast

(New Bedford, Mass.) South Coast Today: Up and down the eastern seaboard, states are competing to attract new investments in offshore wind. Rhode Island is home to the first offshore wind farm in the country. Maryland recently approved two offshore projects. Other states, from Maine to the Carolinas, are competing to be the center of […]

July 25, 2017 Read More →

Duke Wants Customers to Pay $200 Million For Coal Ash Clean-Up

Emery P. Dalesio for the Associated Press:  The nation’s largest electric company wants regulators in North Carolina to force consumers to pay nearly $200 million a year to clean up the toxic byproducts of burning coal to generate power. That doesn’t sit well with neighbors of the power plants who have been living on bottled […]

July 13, 2017 Read More →