PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2018 

Facebook is under the gun for failing to disclose misused data of 50 million Americans during the 2016 election. Also on our Monday rundown: a new study shows e-cigarettes are harmful to teens; and it's Poison Prevention Week – a good time to dispel some myths.

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Public News Service - TN: Energy Policy

Tennessee consumers wishing to go solar have less incentive to, based on lower TVA buy-back rates for the power they generate. (Henri Sivonen/flickr)

ANTIOCH, Tenn. – Harvesting energy from the sun is big business in many parts of the country, including neighboring states North Carolina and Georgia. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar has seen an average growth rate of 68 percent annually over the last 10 years.

Video of an aircraft registered to TVA, according to the FAA registry. (SACE)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) customers are footing the bill for an estimated $40 million worth of luxury jets and a Mercedes Benz helicopter, according to public records from the Federal Aviation Administration registry, which details TVA purchases over the last two year

Executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Stephen Smith comments on the report. (SACE)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Your high electric bill this winter may have to do with more than just cold temperatures. A study of Tennessee Valley Authority rates for residential and industrial customers, released Tuesday, raises questions about TVA's rates for each of those groups. The Southern All

Solar panels have great potential in Tennessee, but industry experts say current policies don't support the growth of clean energy. (Mike Linksvayer/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eighty-one percent of Tennessee voters support solar energy in the Volunteer State, and even more want it installed on their own homes. The polling data was released Monday from the conservative polling firm, North Star Opinion Research. The survey was conducted among vote

Tennessee, like other southern states, has significant potential in the growth of solar energy, but Tennesseans for Solar Choice says it is a largely untapped resource in the Volunteer State. (Emily/flickr)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of business and environmental leaders announced a partnership to advance Tennessee in the race for solar capacity. Tennesseans for Solar Choice launched its effort to ensure people have access to affordable, renewable energy. Unlike 36 ot

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

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

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