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Report by Duke and UNC Shows Cost-Effective Approach to Reducing Carbon

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—According to a report released today by Duke University and the University of North Carolina, setting a declining cap on carbon pollution from power plants and joining a cooperative effort with other states would be a highly...

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Game changing bills released to rein in Dominion energy bills

Richmond, VA— A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers are proposing a package of bills aimed at ending decades of overcharging by Virginia’s monopoly electric company Dominion. In 2020, Virginia passed transformative energy legislation designed to...

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Appalachian Power’s attempts to increase rates unjustifiable

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Today, the Virginia State Corporation Commission entered its final order in Appalachian Power’s rate case rejecting the company’s attempts to recover unjustified costs, protecting Commonwealth customers. The Southern...

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline problems persist despite Supreme Court decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision that limited the U.S. Forest Service’s authority to issue a permit to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). The original ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals...

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Dominion plan undermines Virginia’s new Clean Economy Act

Charlottesville, VA—Dominion Energy’s recently released Integrated Resource Plan, lays out a plan that remains fossil fuel-intensive and will produce 10 million tons of carbon pollution in 2045, at a time when new Virginia law requires the utility...

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New Law Sets Virginia on a Clean Energy Path

On Saturday Governor Ralph Northam signed the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which will replace all carbon-emitting power plants in Virginia with zero-carbon generation by 2050, with milestones to ensure progress along the way. This broad new...

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Swift Action Needed towards North Carolina Clean Energy Plan’s Goal

Chapel Hill, N.C.—The Southern Environmental Law Center submitted comments on the draft Clean Energy Plan by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality as the public comment period closed. Once the agency considers public comments...

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Virginia’s climate action on carbon emissions ready for rollout, needs funding fix

Virginia has a cap-and-trade program on the books and ready to go that should reduce greenhouse emissions from power plants by 30 percent. Unfortunately, the program is effectively on hold due to a budget restriction preventing the state from spendin...

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EPA pollution plan stalls progress on climate change

Today the Trump administration released its replacement to a federal plan to tackle climate change and, as predicted, the industry-friendly alternative does a much worse job tackling greenhouse gas emissions and dismisses serious health benefits from...

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Court Rejects ACP Request to Overturn Appalachian Trail Decision

RICHMOND VA— Today, the Fourth Circuit declined to reconsider its December ruling that the U.S. Forest Service lacked authority to authorize the Atlantic Coast Pipeline from crossing the Appalachian Trail. The Court also found that Atlantic and the...

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Trump EPA could let coal plants spew more mercury

The Trump administration wants to allow electric utilities to spew more mercury from plants, reversing one of the nation’s most successful pollution-control measures that has slashed the amount of toxics in the air and water. The move is particularl...

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Virginia SCC Rejects Most of Dominion’s Grid Proposal

RICHMOND, VA—Today the Virginia State Corporation Commission rightfully rejected the majority of Dominion’s first grid modernization petition as unreasonable and imprudent.  In its order, the Commission set forth clear, common sense requirements for...

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Virginia SCC Rejects Dominion IRP and ACP Construction is Halted

Richmond, VA— Today the Virginia State Corporation Commission issued an order rejecting Dominion Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan, which lays out the utility’s plans for meeting energy needs for years to come in Virginia. This is the first time the...

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Clean Power Plan “replacement” steers Southeast in the wrong direction

The Trump administration’s feeble replacement proposal for the Clean Power Plan reverses course, threatening to increase greenhouse gas pollution even as the Southeast is besieged with warmer temperatures, higher seas, and stronger storms, according...

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Cooper Prepares North Carolina for Climate Change

Chapel Hill, N.C.— North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper today took a decisive step forward to fight climate change and strengthen the resiliency of communities after two hurricanes pummeled the state in two years. While key protections are being...

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EPA proposes do-nothing approach to greenhouse gas rule

The Trump EPA today extended its unprecedented streak of placating polluters, this time floating a plan that will do little or nothing to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by, among other things, potentially lengthening the lifespans of the nation’s ol...

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EPA Proposes Do-Nothing Approach to Greenhouse Gas Rule

The Trump EPA today extended its unprecedented streak of placating polluters, this time floating a plan that will do little or nothing to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by, among other things, potentially lengthening the lifespans of the nation’s...

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FERC Orders Construction to Stop on Entire Route of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

WASHINGTON, DC— Today the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered all construction halted on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline following a ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals throwing out developers’ National Park Service permit. “FERC...

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Virginia SCC Defends Rights of Renewable Customers

Virginia SCC Defends Rights of Renewable Customers Rejects Dominion’s “green tariff” monopoly move   Charlottesville, VA—The Virginia State Corporation Commission sent a clear message today when it rejected Dominion’s request for approval of a...

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Dominion IRP Stuck in the Past

Dominion’s annual release of its Integrated Resource Plan demonstrates that, once again, Dominion only puts customers’ best interests ahead of shareholders when required by law. Dominion acquiesced to new Virginia law requiring more renewable...

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SELC, 16 Southeastern conservation groups urge EPA to abandon Clean Power Plan repeal

Failing to address carbon dioxide pollution through reasonable measures like the Clean Power Plan could lead to a host of dangers to the Southeast and Atlantic Coast including daily flooding, more widespread and menacing storm surge, and devastating...

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The Commonwealth Leads the South in Fighting Climate Change

Charlottesville, VA— By enacting carbon regulations, Virginia is taking an historic and crucial step to curbing climate change and advancing toward smart energy choices in the Commonwealth.  The Southern Environmental Law Center has...

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Repeal of Clean Power Plan puts coal profits ahead of health, communities

Trump-appointed EPA Chief Scott Pruitt announced plans to repeal the landmark Clean Power Plan designed to address carbon pollution and climate change, but did not offer a substitute or even an idea of what should fill the void. The announcement,...

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Clean Power Plan Repeal Puts Coal Profits Ahead Of Health, Ignores Accelerating Weather Dangers

Charlottesville, VA  – Without offering any ideas, substitutes or leadership, the Trump-appointed EPA chief today announced plans to repeal the landmark Clean Power Plan that was meant to address climate change and the extreme weather it produces....

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Virginia announces move to tackle carbon pollution at the state level

Today Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe took a decisive step forward to fight climate change and to show the nation that, despite key environmental protections being undermined at the federal level, Virginia is moving forward. “The Governor is...

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Trump Administration’s rash action guts climate protections

With a sweeping executive order aimed at dismantling climate protections, the Trump administration today directed the reversal of the Clean Power Plan and revoked a series of previous actions aimed at combating climate change, from limits on methane...

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What does the new Congress and administration mean for clean air and climate change?

The Clean Air Act has been a hugely successful public health law. Since it was adopted in 1970, the nation has seen huge reductions in pollution coinciding with major growth in the economy. The new federal administration and anti-environmental...

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SELC urges EPA to boost opportunities for solar and efficiency investments in low-income communities

SELC is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen the positive impact on low-income families from the Clean Energy Incentive Program of the Clean Power Plan. With EPA refining the program, SELC weighed in recently to highlight how the...

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SELC op-ed: Rollbacks to protections for clean air, water by NCDEQ hurt us all

This weekend, SELC's Derb Carter, Director of our North Carolina offices, clarified the history of environmental protection roll backs by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality in a Faytetteville Observer op-ed, following claims made...

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Clean Power Plan has its day in court

Tomorrow the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral argument on the Clean Power Plan, a landmark action to reduce harmful carbon pollution and speed the country’s transition to cleaner, more affordable energy choices. Despite strong public...

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A growing Southeast comes into compliance with ozone standards

With the official announcement last month that Atlanta’s air quality meets the federal ozone standard established in 2008, all of the Southeast now complies with that safeguard. That’s something we can all be thankful for. But we can also be proud...

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Virginia takes initiative to reduce carbon pollution

Rather than waiting on the sidelines following the Supreme Court’s stay of the Clean Power Plan, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has used his own authority to move forward with a plan to reduce carbon pollution and increase clean energy. Under the...

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Clean energy transition should continue, despite Supreme Court stay of federal rule

The Supreme Court announced yesterday a temporary stay on the Clean Power Plan, the country's strongest action ever to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and pave the way for cleaner and more affordable energy choices. In response, a White...

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Southern Environmental Law Center Statement on Clean Power Plan Delay

Charlottesville, VA–The Supreme Court announced this evening a temporary stay on the Clean Power Plan, the country's strongest action ever to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and pave the way for cleaner and more affordable energy choices....

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EPA urged to adopt stronger incentives for clean energy, energy efficiency in Clean Power Plan

As model carbon trading rules are finalized for the Clean Power Plan, SELC is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to let energy efficiency and renewable energy compete on a level playing field with traditional monopoly utility power...

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EPA Urged to Adopt Stronger Incentives for Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency in Clean Power Plan

Charlottesville, VA—As model carbon trading rules are finalized for the Clean Power Plan, clean energy supporters are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to let energy efficiency and renewable energy compete on a level playing field with...

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Tennessee on track to easily meet Clean Power Plan goals

With states taking sides on the federal Clean Power Plan, Tennessee is one of four states remaining neutral. The decision by Governor Bill Haslam’s administration to stay above the political fray is thanks in large part to officials’ confidence that...

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The new energy trajectory in the Southeast

Cutting coal Ten years ago, there were 246 coal-fired units generating electric power in our region, and nine more huge units were planned. Coal-fired power accounted for the South’s outsized contribution to climate change and emitted enormous...

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Southeast poised to gain from Paris talks on climate change

As world leaders meet in Paris to reach far-reaching agreements on how to halt greenhouse gas emissions and the resulting climate change, the impact of the global negotiations here in the Southeast is hard to ignore. Consider that, when viewed as a...

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Virginia joining states defending the Clean Power Plan

Today, Attorney General Mark Herring announced Virginia will be joining a coalition of 18 states supporting the new federal Clean Power Plan as it faces legal attacks. Released this summer, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan...

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Agreement ends landmark lawsuit for clean air

SELC and our partners have reached the final milestone in a 15-year legal journey that, along the way, has led to a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision and agreements to keep millions of tons of pollution out of the nation’s air. On behalf of the...

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SELC op-ed: Clean Power Plan can boost Virginia’s economy

Senior Attorney Frank Rambo's op-ed in the Roanoke Times outlines how Virginia can best position itself to benefit from EPA's recently finalized Clean Power Plan. Rambo leads SELC's regional Clean Energy & Air Program, a key focus of which is the...

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SELC op-ed: Tennessee can benefit from EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Tennessee is well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities built in to the EPA's recently-released Clean Power Plan, most notably in the form of local job creation and lower electricity bills. Already cities like Knoxville are using energy...

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The Clean Power Plan’s impact on Georgia

As states continue to digest what this week’s release of the Clean Power Plan means for them, Senior Attorney Kurt Ebersbach took to the airwaves for a debate on Atlanta’s NPR station WABE. Also participating in the debate was Georgia Public Service...

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Clean Power Plan Provides Path for Safer Climate, Catalyst for Clean Energy Jobs in the Southeast

Charlottesville, VA – This afternoon the Obama Administration will release the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the country’s strongest action ever to reduce carbon pollution and pave the way for cleaner and more affordable energy choices....

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Clean Power Plan provides path for safer climate, catalyst for clean energy jobs in the Southeast

This afternoon the Obama Administration will release the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the country’s strongest action ever to reduce carbon pollution and pave the way for cleaner and more affordable energy choices. Over the next fifteen...

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Worrying signs reinforce need for Clean Power Plan in the Southeast

As we anticipate the release early next week of the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal proposal to cut carbon pollution from power plants, another report highlights why the changes prescribed in the plan are so necessary. The report by the...

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Cutting carbon pollution cuts costs

Recent study confirms that the Clean Power Plan benefits Virginia: According to a recently released study by PJM, the operator of the largest electricity market in the world, Virginia’s wholesale energy prices with the Clean Power Plan will...

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Southeastern States Have Clear Path for Meeting Carbon Pollution Targets Under Clean Power Plan

For Immediate Release December 2, 2014 Contacts: Regional - Frank Rambo, Southern Environmental Law Center, 434-977-4090, [email protected] Virginia – Angela Navarro, 434-977-4090, [email protected] North Carolina – Gudrun Thompson,...

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Shaping Virginia’s energy future

SELC holds a position on Governor McAuliffe’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission, which allows us to play a lead role in determining how Virginia will reach its allotted carbon-reduction target under EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. We...

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Clean Energy Benefits Virginia

Today, Governor McAuliffe is expected to outline his vision for a “New Economy of Virginia” through implementation of the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan. While we don’t support all of the plan’s recommendations, the McAuliffe administration should be...

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New Carbon Pollution Standards Present Opportunity for Clean Energy Job Growth in the South

Charlottesville, VA – The Southeast, which has traditionally lagged behind other U.S. regions in clean energy, can take advantage of today’s proposed Environmental Protection Agency carbon pollution standards and spur new clean energy jobs,...

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