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TVA’s Plans to Replace Largest Coal Plant With Dirty Gas Meet Opposition

June 10, 2021

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— The Center for Biological Diversity urged the Tennessee Valley Authority today to replace its largest coal plant with renewable energy sources that will protect the climate and public health. Today’s public scoping comments from the Center oppose the federal agency’s current plans to replace the Cumberland Fossil Plant near Clarksville, Tennessee, with polluting fossil gas.

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Records: More Than 1,000 Loggerhead Sea Turtles Died in Mexico in 2020

June 3, 2021

LA PAZ, Mexico— According to newly obtained official data from the Mexican government, at least 1,088 North Pacific loggerhead turtles died in 2020 in Baja California Sur, Mexico, likely because of entanglement in fishing gear.

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Congressional Resolution Calls for Public Power System to Combat Climate Emergency

June 3, 2021

WASHINGTON— Democratic House Representatives Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman have introduced a congressional resolution that calls for transforming the country’s largely private energy system into a publicly owned and governed network. The resolution also urges a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030 and a ban on utility shutoffs, which disproportionately affect low-wealth people and communities of color.

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Documents: TVA Used $3M in Ratepayer Money to Fund Anti-Clean Energy Efforts

May 26, 2021

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— Four nonprofit organizations called today for a federal investigation of newly uncovered records showing that the Tennessee Valley Authority used $3 million of ratepayer money to fund litigation and lobbying efforts by organizations that fight the EPA’s Clean Air Act rules. TVA is the largest public energy provider in the United States.

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Senate Bill Aims to Protect Americans From Utility Shutoffs, Mounting Debt Crisis

May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON— Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced a bill today that would place a national moratorium on the disconnection of electric, water and broadband utility service due to uncollected payments. An increasing number of people in the country are at risk of losing access to vital utilities, including electricity, water and broadband, as utility debt increases nationwide.

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President Biden’s TVA Nominees Urged to Lead Utility’s Transition to 100% Just, Renewable Energy

May 13, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 200 energy justice, racial justice, faith and youth organizations are calling on President Joe Biden’s four nominees to the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors to commit to transitioning the utility to 100% renewable and just energy by 2030. TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider.

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650 Groups Tell Congress: Leave Dirty Power Out of Clean Electricity Standard

May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 650 national advocacy and grassroots groups sent a letter today calling on Congress to develop a truly clean, renewable and just energy standard for electricity as part of an evolving infrastructure package.

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U.S. Climate Target Falls Short of What Science, Justice Demand

April 22, 2021

WASHINGTON— The new U.S. target for reducing climate-heating emissions 50%-52% by 2030 fails to meet the demands of climate science and environmental and energy justice.

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Legal Petition Aims to Stop Utilities From Forcing Customers to Bankroll Anti-Environment Trade Groups

March 17, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today to prevent electric utilities from forcing customers to finance anti-environment trade groups.

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Data From 10 States Shows Alarming Number of Utility Shutoffs During Pandemic

March 16, 2021

WASHINGTON— Utilities in just 10 states have reported at least 765,262 household power shutoffs since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis released today by the Center for Biological Diversity. Georgia Power, for example, reported more than 131,000 shutoffs — equivalent to 6% of its customers.

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On COVID Anniversary, Justice Groups Gather in D.C. to Demand Utility-shutoffs Moratorium

March 13, 2021

WASHINGTON— The national #NoShutOffs Coalition and We Power DC mobilized today outside the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services building to call on President Biden and local D.C. officials to impose a moratorium on power, water and broadband shutoffs.

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Environmental Justice Activists to Rally in D.C. for Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs

March 10, 2021

WASHINGTON— One year after COVID-19 was declared a national emergency, the national #NoShutOffs coalition and the D.C.-based We Power DC will mobilize Saturday outside the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to call on President Joe Biden and HHS Acting Secretary Nathan Cochran to issue a nationwide utility-shutoff moratorium. The socially distanced action will also urge local officials to extend the soon-expiring D.C. moratorium on Pepco disconnections.

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Legal Challenge: Duke Energy Plan Would Supersize Climate Pollution, Waste Billions on Unused Power Plants

March 2, 2021

DURHAM, N.C.— NC WARN and the Center for Biological Diversity have filed a legal challenge to Duke Energy’s plan to build scores of gas-fired power plants in the Carolinas even though huge amounts of excess generation already sit unused during the worst winter weather.

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FERC Urged to Open Tennessee Valley Authority to Clean Energy Sources

February 24, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a brief before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, in a proceeding that could help push the Tennessee Valley Authority region toward clean, climate-friendly sources of energy. The TVA is a federally owned corporation and the nation’s largest public power provider.

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Dozens of Groups Urge Congress to Support Energy Justice Spending in Next Infrastructure Package

February 18, 2021

WASHINGTON— Twenty-six conservation and energy justice organizations today called for the next infrastructure bill to include support for creating energy microgrids, expanding solar projects in low-wealth communities and increasing funding for rural clean energy programs. This week’s widespread power outages in Texas and Oregon show the nation’s power system is ill-equipped to handle extreme weather due to climate change, which disproportionately harms low-wealth families.

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Thousands Urge Biden to Commit U.S. to Doing Fair Share on Climate

February 17, 2021

WASHINGTON— Just days before the reentry of the United States into the Paris Agreement becomes official, environmental groups delivered a petition to the Biden administration signed by more than 50,000 Americans demanding that the U.S. commit to cutting its fair share of emissions.

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Tennessee Valley Authority Must Commit to 100% Clean Energy, Align With Biden Climate Goal

February 9, 2021

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— The federally owned Tennessee Valley Authority must align its energy planning with President Biden’s recent executive order requiring that the federal electricity sector completely decarbonize by 2035, energy justice groups said today in a letter to the public utility’s board of directors.

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600 Groups Urge Biden to Halt Water, Electricity, Broadband Shutoffs With Emergency Executive Order on First Day

January 13, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 600 utility-justice, environmental, racial justice, labor and faith groups delivered a letter today to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris urging their administration to halt utility shutoffs nationwide to protect public health.

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Thursday Webinar: Major U.S. Climate Coalition Calculates America’s ‘Fair Share’ of Climate Action

December 3, 2020

WASHINGTON— A new analysis finds that the United States would need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to 195% of its 2005 emissions levels by 2030 in order for the U.S. to contribute its “fair share” to global action on climate change.

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Nevada Releases Flawed Climate Strategy

December 2, 2020

LAS VEGAS— Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Climate Initiative released the state’s climate strategy late Tuesday. This is an important milestone in the state’s march toward decarbonization, as mandated by 2019’s Senate Bill 254.

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State Funding to Assist Families With Rent, Utilities During Covid Runs Out Today

November 12, 2020

RALEIGH. N.C.— As of 6 p.m. today, the roughly $175 million allocated for Gov. Roy Cooper’s HOPE program — which has provided financial relief for renters unable to pay their rent or utility bills — will have run out after less than a month since being announced. To date the program has received nearly 40,000 applications to help households maintain electric, gas and water service and make rent payments.

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Lawsuit Challenges Energy Department’s Failure to Update 25 Overdue Efficiency Standards

November 9, 2020

WASHINGTON— Six environmental and consumer groups are suing the U.S. Department of Energy for failing to review and update energy efficiency standards for more than two dozen categories of consumer and commercial appliances and equipment, including large energy users like refrigerators and water heaters. The 25 overdue standards — the most under any administration — could cost U.S. consumers and businesses billions of dollars and significantly increase climate pollution.

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Lawsuit Seeks Department of Energy Documents on Industry Influence Over Grid Resilience Model

October 15, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Department of Energy today for failing to release records about the agency’s collaboration with utility companies and the fossil fuel industry on an important, publicly funded study about the reliability and resiliency of North America’s power grid.

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Lawsuit Targets Feds’ Failure to Protect Frontline Workers From COVID-19

October 8, 2020

WASHINGTON— Labor unions representing healthcare workers, teachers, transit operators and millions of other frontline workers joined with environmental groups today to sue the federal government over its failure to provide adequate reusable respirators, N95 masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment to these essential workers.

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Millions Demand Congressional Action on COVID Relief Measure

September 14, 2020

WASHINGTON— Dozens of organizations, representing millions of people across the United States, called on Congress today to urgently pass a COVID relief package to prevent unnecessary suffering across the country and to ensure voting rights.

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Legal Petition Demands Tennessee Valley Authority Halt Electricity Shutoffs, Fund Debt Relief

August 25, 2020

WASHINGTON— Dozens of climate-justice organizations petitioned the Tennessee Valley Authority today to immediately impose a moratorium on electricity shutoffs in the region and fund debt relief for its customers.

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Labor, Environmental Groups Urge Emergency Action to Protect Frontline Workers From COVID-19

August 11, 2020

WASHINGTON— Labor unions representing health care workers, teachers, transit operators and millions of other frontline workers joined with environmental groups today to demand that the Trump administration take emergency action to provide adequate masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment to these essential workers.

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Department of Energy Inaction Will Cost Consumers at Least $22 Billion, Spew at Least 80 Million Tons of Carbon Into Air

August 10, 2020

WASHINGTON— Six environmental and consumer groups warned the U.S. Department of Energy today that they will sue the agency if it does not meet its legal responsibility to review and update overdue energy-efficiency standards for an unprecedented 26 consumer and commercial products within 60 days. These products include some of the largest energy users, such as air conditioners, water heaters, refrigerators and clothes dryers.

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Legal Action Challenges Duke Energy’s Buildout of Unapproved Gas-fired Power Units

July 30, 2020

DURHAM, N.C.— Climate-justice groups filed a legal petition with the North Carolina Utilities Commission today asserting that Duke Energy — one of the top polluting U.S. utilities — is violating state law by quietly building large amounts of inefficient gas-burning capacity without commission approval.

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New Data Underscores Urgent Need for Federal Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs

July 23, 2020

WASHINGTON— Senator Tom Carper, Democratic ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released a report today that revealed only 10 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., have statewide moratoriums on water, power and gas utility shut-offs that protect all or the vast majority of residential ratepayers in effect right now. The report provides a comprehensive state-by-state analysis of state protections against water, power and gas utility disconnections.

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California Data Show Regular Truck Crashes, Deaths Along Proposed ExxonMobil Oil-trucking Route

July 23, 2020

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— There’s been a large truck collision every week, and almost two fatalities per year, on average over the past five years along the California highways where ExxonMobil wants to send up to 70 oil tanker trucks a day, according to California Highway Patrol data analyzed by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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9th Circuit Court Urged to Reject Arizona Utility’s Discrimination Against Rooftop Solar

July 8, 2020

PHOENIX— Five climate and energy-conservation groups took legal action this week in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge an Arizona public power utility’s discrimination against rooftop-solar customers.

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Solar Co-op Launches for Tucson Residents to Go Solar Together

June 16, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— The nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors announced the launch of the Tucson Solar Co-op today, in partnership with the Center for Biological Diversity and Physicians for Social Responsibility Arizona.

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450 Environmental, Energy Justice Groups Urge Federal Commission to Reject Threat to Solar Net Metering

June 15, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 450 environmental and energy-justice, faith and labor groups urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today to reject the New England Ratepayers Association’s petition seeking federal jurisdiction over state solar policies.

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Legal Intervention Fights Shadowy Organization’s Effort to Gut Solar Net Metering

June 11, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a brief today urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject a pending petition aimed at gutting net metering for distributed-solar power by putting it under federal control.

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Tucson Solar Co-op to Help Area Residents Go Solar

June 1, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Solar United Neighbors (SUN) are partnering to bring a solar cooperative to Tucson. The co-op opens today, and the groups will kick off the project with a June 8 webinar.

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Virtual Town Hall to Explore Why Congress Must Fight for Power, Water, Broadband for All

May 12, 2020

WASHINGTON— A virtual town hall featuring teachers, advocates, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) will lay out why Congress should include a national moratorium on utility shutoffs in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation.

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Louisiana Groups Urge Delay in Power Project for Industrial Polluters, Citing COVID-19 Concerns

May 6, 2020

ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— The coalition opposing Formosa Plastics’ massive proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana, has requested a delay in upgrading electric transmission lines to serve that project and future industrial polluters. The coalition’s letter cites current public health warnings about COVID-19 and damage to wetlands.

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Seven State Bans on Electricity Shutoffs Expiring Soon

April 30, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity released an issue brief today analyzing state orders suspending electricity disconnections due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. The brief found that 42% of states currently have no legally binding protections against electric utility shutoffs. Moreover, seven existing state bans on electricity shutoffs just expired or are set to expire in the coming weeks, raising the percentage of states with no legal shutoff moratoria to 56%.

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Public Records Sought on Anti-Solar Group’s Efforts to Gut Net Metering

April 28, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a Freedom of Information Act request today seeking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s communications with a secretive front group that’s demanding a nationwide ban on state retail net-metering programs for distributed solar energy.

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Briefing to Announce Launch of National Peoples’ Mobilization to Save Lives, Prevent Second Wave of COVID-19 Deaths

April 23, 2020

WASHINGTON— The COVID-19 Emergency Response Group is mobilizing as the fourth branch of government, the Peoples’ Branch, to save as many American lives as possible and keep families and communities safe from COVID-19. The group is driving for the passage of legislation: a COVID-19 Peoples’ New Deal.

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In Next Coronavirus Rescue Bill, 830 Groups Urge Congress to Halt Electricity, Water, Broadband Shutoffs

April 13, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 830 utility-justice, environmental, faith, civil-rights and labor groups sent a letter to Congress today calling for the next stimulus package responding to the coronavirus to include a moratorium on electricity, water and broadband utility shutoffs.

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In Coronavirus Crisis, 575 Groups Urge Halt to Electricity, Water Shutoffs

March 19, 2020

WASHINGTON— More than 575 utility justice, labor, faith, consumer and environmental groups urged state governors, mayors and utility regulators today to put a moratorium on electricity and water-utility shutoffs in response to the coronavirus crisis and resulting job losses.

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Legal Petition: TVA Violating Customers’ Rights by Giving Millions to Dirty Energy Lobbyists

February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and other organizations petitioned the Tennessee Valley Authority today to stop giving millions of dollars in ratepayer money to anti-environmental advocacy groups like the Edison Electric Institute and Energy and Wildlife Action Coalition.

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Environmental Group Launches Energy Justice Program

January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity launched a new Energy Justice Program today focused on driving the urgent transition to a clean energy future to protect wildlife and people.

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