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PNS Weekend Newscast - May 27th, 2016 


In the news this weekend: an attack in Egypt kills over two dozen people, President Trump's son in law is under the microscope in the Russian spying investigation, and it may take an entire village to save the planet.

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Public News Service - TN: Energy Policy

On-bill financing allows homeowners to pay for the cost of weatherization through their electric bill. (Miheco/flickr.com)

UNICOI, Tenn. – As the mercury climbs, so will the energy bills for consumers across Tennessee. Energy-efficiency measures can go a long way in reducing usage, but their cost often presents a roadblock for thousands of families. Programs known in the industry as on-bill financing allow homeo

Thursday is the deadline for the U.S. Senate to overturn methane-flaring rules, which advocates say are important to avoid wasting taxpayer dollars and harming air quality. (Wild Earth Guardians/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Just hours are left for the U.S. Senate to invoke the Congressional Review Act and overturn a Bureau of Land Management rule preventing oil and gas developers on public land from venting and flaring methane gas into the atmosphere. The Congressional Review Act gives lawmakers 60

Gas flares are a result of leaking natural gas as companies mine for fossil fuels. (WildEarth Guardians)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The United States frequently looks to the Middle East and political allies for oil and gas, but there is a way to capture more fuel in this country by implementing a simple regulation. A byproduct of oil and gas drilling is wasted gas. Congress now is considering a bill that wo

A new report authored by a TVA board member finds that manufacturing in Tennessee would see significant benefits from the Clean Power Plan. (TheLeadSA/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While the issue of clean energy was just one of the myriad of topics discussed at last night's presidential debate, a new study finds that it should be top of mind for big business in the state. Specifically, researchers found that manufacturers will see significant savings

Semitrucks traveling across Tennessee will soon have to include improved carbon emissions technology. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee drivers have to share the road with thousands of heavy-duty trucks that transport thousands of pounds of goods across the state every day. But because everyone shares the air, the Obama administration announced this week that new carbon emissions standards will r

The Johnson City Power Board is asking the city for permission to become a private entity. Changes in TVA rates and current state laws may prompt more municipal power boards to do the same. (Morguefile.com)

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – There are 60 municipal power companies in Tennessee, but that number could decrease as power boards look to survive in a changing marketplace. This month the Johnson City Power Board presented at a public meeting reasons for separating from the city. Jeff Dykes, the J

Implementing the Clean Power Plan could save cities such as Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville money they could then use to fund programs supporting education and transportation. (Thomas Hawk/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It isn't just individual consumers who could benefit from President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan. Cities such as Nashville, and businesses around the Volunteer State, also could see substantial savings, according to a study released this week by the Georgia Institute of

Tennessee is being urged to further maximize its solar potential through tax credit programs and other incentives. (Morguefile.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee comes in 28th in the nation for installed solar capacity according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Last year the state installed 11 megawatts of generation potential. But with Tennessee seeing about 200 days of sunshine every year, there is untapped pot

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