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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2020 


The Biden inauguration speech seen as a potential launching point for a resilient democracy; an increase in mental distress noted in Virginia.


2021Talks - January 19, 2021 


Trump expected to issue around 100 pardons and commutations today. Biden and Harris celebrate MKL and prep for first days in office. Voting rights legislation introduced in Congress could expand access to voting and reduce partisan gerrymandering.

Public News Service - TN: Energy Policy

Countries are projected to collectively invest an estimated $1.1 trillion per year over the next five years into low-carbon energy strategies.(Adobe Stock)

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By David L. McCollum for The Conversation. Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan/Tennessee News Service reporting for the Conversation-Public News Service Collaboration. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Congress has provided billions of dollars for renewable energy and green technologies as part of the latest $90

Across Tennessee, energy bills can eat up more than 20 percent of household income. More than 6 percent is considered high for the United States. (beachbumledford/Twenty20)

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Some watchdog groups think Tennesseans are getting snowed, and it has nothing to do with the weather. It's the first winter since the Tennessee Valley Authority announced a new Grid Access Charge, and local power companies can choose whether to pass the fees on to customers. Th

The solar industry generates more than 7,000 jobs in neighboring North Carolina, while Tennessee companies employ around half that number. (H080/Flickr)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There's a cloud hanging over solar power in Tennessee, according to analysis being released Thursday by the bipartisan group Tennesseans for Solar Choice. The coalition includes the Tennessee Small Business Alliance, NAACP, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and Tennessee

Small-business owners such as The Tap House in Chattanooga say TVA's proposed rate hike will hurt their business, and add that it's often watering holes like theirs where business is generated through conversation around the bar. (The Tap House/Facebook)

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Tennessee business owners are gathering today at the Tennessee Valley Authority offices in Chattanooga to let the public agency know they they oppose the rate proposal it will vote on later this week. Earlier this year, TVA proposed changes to the rate structure that wil

The EPA tested for PFAS between 2013 and 2016, but since its program ended, there is no ongoing nationwide testing of drinking water for those chemicals. (Joe Shlabotnik/Flickr)

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Chemical compounds often used to make carpets, clothing and cookware are spreading into the country's water supply, including at least two communities in Tennessee, according to a new analysis that documents the chemical compounds known as PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substan

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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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